Microsoft chain chief Rodney Clark lands at Johnson Controls

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Wade Tyler Millward

In his new role, Rodney Clark “will lead global sales excellence efforts across the company,” according to a statement.

Former Microsoft line chief Rodney Clark has joined Johnson Controls as the company’s vice president and chief commercial officer.

Clark will start the new position on June 1, according to a statement from Johnson Controls and a post on Clark’s LinkedIn account. Johnson – best known for its heating, ventilation and facilities management offerings – is officially based in Ireland but has North American operational headquarters in Milwaukee.

Clark replaces former Johnson Controls chief commercial officer Brian Young, who retired at the end of 2021, according to the release. Clark will assume some responsibilities from Michael Ellis, executive vice president, chief customer and digital officer of Johnson Controls, who will retire at the end of the year.

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CRN has contacted Clark, Microsoft and Johnson Controls for comment.

What is Rodney Clark’s new role at Johnson Controls?

Clark’s leave from the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant was announced earlier this month. A statement from Microsoft describes Clark as becoming “a senior executive at a publicly traded company who is an excellent Microsoft partner.”

“We are actively discussing Rodney’s successor and expect to have a new leader in place by the start of our new fiscal year in July,” according to Microsoft. “We look forward to introducing this individual at Microsoft Inspire, our annual partner conference on July 19-20.”

Microsoft partners told CRN they want Microsoft to choose someone with sales acumen and confidence in the channel to succeed Clark.

Johnson Controls and Microsoft have been partners for a long time. The two companies have worked together on connected thermostats, digital twins and offers to make buildings more environmentally friendly through data and artificial intelligence.

Johnson Controls used Azure, Power BI, Teams and other Microsoft technologies for its suite of connected services to make buildings safer and more efficient, according to Microsoft.

In his new role, Clark will “lead global sales excellence efforts across the company” and “lead Johnson Controls’ global growth strategy to serve customers and partners through innovative solutions and service offerings.” and high value,” according to Johnson Controls’ statement.

“I am thrilled to join Johnson Controls, they have an incredible team driving innovative technology that transforms ordinary buildings into vibrant, healthier and safer spaces that we can all enjoy,” Clark said in the statement.

He continued, “Adding smart cloud solutions and smart edge solutions to their traditional offerings creates tremendous opportunity and will help customers address their most critical challenges, including achieving sustainability goals with agile solutions. , flexible and scalable.

“I am delighted to welcome a proven strategic leader such as Rodney to Johnson Controls,” Johnson Controls CEO George Oliver said in the statement. “As we deliver on growth platforms such as decarbonization in smart and healthy buildings, Rodney will build on our progress, collaborating with clients on results-based solutions and service offerings through OpenBlue, while expanding our market, building scale, capacity and capabilities.”

Clark started with Microsoft in 1998, according to his LinkedIn account. During his early years with the company, he held a variety of positions including global sales strategy and business development in Microsoft’s hardware division “managing development and engineering teams and managing sales within OEM sales”.

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Wade Tyler Millward is an associate writer covering cloud computing and channel partner programs from Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud providers. He can be contacted at [email protected]