Grady L. Crosby (’91) appointed as vice president of public affairs and chief diversity officer of Johnson Controls

On Sept. 25, 2014, Johnson Controls announced that its board of directors has elected Wake Forest School of Law graduate Grady L. Crosby (’91) a corporate officer and appointed him as vice president public affairs and chief diversity officer, effective Oct. 1. In this role, Crosby will develop and implement focused government relations strategies, and lead the company’s sustainability and community involvement initiatives to build partnerships that align with the Johnson Controls brand and build value. Crosby will also serve as president of the Johnson Controls Foundation.

Crosby is succeeding Charles A. Harvey who is retiring from the company at the end of the calendar year after more than 27 years of service.

“Chuck has been a leader to many across the organization spanning the automotive business, human resources, and diversity and public affairs for the enterprise. He is also a respected leader in many of the communities where we operate,” said Alex Molinaroli, chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls. “Grady will bring a similar diversity of thought and experience to maintain our commitment to social responsibility, philanthropy and community involvement.”

Since joining Johnson Controls in 2011, Crosby has held several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president and global general counsel for the company’s Power Solutions business.

Prior to Johnson Controls he was associate general counsel for Hanesbrands Inc., general counsel and secretary for National Textiles, and staff attorney for Sara Lee Corporation. Crosby has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in business administration from Howard University, and a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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