About UsOur Leadership

We know that effective and inspiring leadership is required to help our employees create quality products, services and solutions that meet the expectations of our customers.
Our management team and directors cultivate the company’s success with their leadership expertise, skills and experience.

Franz Cerwinka

Franz Cerwinka

Chief Executive Officer

Franz has served in a variety of operations, commercial and finance leadership positions within Automotive Experience and Building Efficiency during his tenure with Johnson Controls. During his 20-year tenure with the company, Franz has had experience leading significant change across multiple regions and cultures, having worked for Johnson Controls based in Mexico, US and Japan. Throughout his career, Franz has led initiatives that significantly improved profitability and performance in Johnson Controls’ automotive and HVAC businesses. During his previous 4-year assignment in Japan, he led the finance function for Asia Pacific & Japan and represented Johnson Controls in a number of Joint Ventures in China, South East Asia, India and Korea.

Franz holds bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla in Mexico and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Franz Cerwinka was named CEO, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning effective October 1, 2015.

Shinichi Iizuka

Shinichi Iizuka

Co-Chief Operating Officer

Shinichi began his career with Hitachi Ltd. in 1979, responsible for the design of Air Conditioning export. He has held various positions in the Product Development, Environmental Equipment, and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning divisions.

Shinichi started to work in India in 2002 and was appointed as the President of Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India) Ltd. in 2006. He returned to Japan and became head of Tochigi Air Conditioning. He has been an Executive Director and Chief of the Air Conditioning Division since 2013.

Throughout his career, Shinichi has held various positions in Engineering/Design, Product Development, Manufacturing, and specializes in Business Operations. Shinichi holds a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology from Sophia University.

He became COO of Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning effective October, 2015.

Shoji Akiyama

Shoji Akiyama

Co-Chief Operating Officer

After working for several leading companies in the automotive component manufacturing industry, Shoji joined Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning on November 1, 2019 as Co-COO.

Shoji began his career as a process engineer with ZEXEL Co, Ltd. (formally known as Diezel Kiki Co, Ltd.) in 1988. He has held various positions in designing and developing air conditioning key components for automobiles, while building his career both in Japan and overseas. As the company merged with total automotive system supplier Valeo, he held a series of key positions within its automotive air conditioning systems operations. In 2011, he became the executive officer of Valeo Japan Co, Ltd., and in 2013, he was appointed executive vice president of Valeo Niles Co, Ltd. In 2014, he was appointed Valeo Group Vice President and Board of Director of Valeo Japan Co, Ltd.

Nobuyuki Tao

Nobuyuki Tao

Chief Financial Officer

Nobuyuki joined the Johnson Controls group (former Johnson Controls Automotive Systems, currently Adient) in 2010 after working for several leading global companies in the automotive industry. After joining Johnson Controls Automotive Systems, Nobuyuki successively held financial leader’s positions for key customer business units, including Asia Finance Director for Nissan Customer Business Unit, Global Finance Director for Toyota Customer Business Unit, and Global Finance Director for Nissan Customer Business Unit. Since 2014, Nobuyuki was leading the commercial finance team of the $5 billion business, the Global Asian Customer Group as Global Finance Director.

Nobuyuki joined Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning in June 2017, and was appointed as CFO in December of the same year.

Nobuyuki holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Brigham Young University in Utah, U.S.A.

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