September 12, 2019: Clarios president Joe Walicki has retired after three decades of leadership in the automotive and energy storage industry, Battery Council International said on September 4. He has also retired as president of BCI’s board of directors.
No replacement for the Clarios position had been named at the time of going to press, but in the same announcement, BCI said EnerSys CEO David Shaffer would replace Walicki as president of the BCI board.
Although Walicki had been with Johnson Controls for 30 years, he was only made president and CEO in May 2019, after Johnson Controls Power Solutions had been sold to the asset management firm Brookfield Business Partners for $13.2 billion in November 2018.
Walicki’s promotion coincided with the Power Solutions re-launch in May with the name Clarios. Walicki said there were no plans to move the facility from its home in Wisconsin, nor make any personnel changes.
In an interview with BESB at the time, he said there would also be no immediate changes of strategy other than a renewed focus on emerging market sales, which he called a ‘runway opportunity’.
“After more than 30 years at Johnson Controls, now Clarios, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life,” Walicki said. “I have never been as proud as I am today of the Clarios team and the work they have done and will continue to perform under its leadership.”
BCI executive vice president Kevin Moran thanked Walicki for his contributions and service to BCI, and welcomed Shaffer as president of the board.
“We are eager to see where his leadership will take us, as the organization is poised to enter a new strategic planning phase,” he said.
Shaffer said: “Energy storage has never been more important or exciting, and our industry continues to meet the world’s energy storage needs as they transition to decarbonization.
“BCI has a vital role to help its members adapt to an evolving technology and regulatory landscape.”