Burscheid, Germany -- Johnson Controls, which makes automotive seating, interiors and electronics, has appointed Rainer Schmueckle as chief operating officer and president, seating components for the company's Automotive Experience business, taking effect 1 Nov.
In this newly established position, he will report to Beda Bolzenius, vice president, Johnson Controls and president, Automotive Experience.
"We are pleased to add Rainer Schmueckle to the Johnson Controls leadership team," Bolzenius said. "He brings a lot of experience and proven expertise in operational excellence to our business and will help implement our vision of becoming a technology-driven company."
Johnson Controls said Schmueckle will lead the quality, engineering, purchasing and operations organizations, as well as the entire seating components product group.
He will accelerate the global standardisation of engineering and manufacturing processes, as well as the positioning of the company as a technology leader in the automotive industry. Also. Schmuekle will have responsibility for the entire seating components product group, which includes metals and mechanisms, and Recaro Automotive Seating.
These units were established following the recent acquisitions of C. Rob. Hammerstein, Keiper and Recaro Automotive.
In the past year, Schmueckle was operating partner at Advent International, advising private equity companies.
He previously worked for 25 years at Daimler AG in various leadership positions, most recently serving as chief operating officer for the Mercedes Car Group.