Environmental & industry veteran joins Johnson Controls

Cork, Ireland and Washington, DC

Kathleen McGinty joins Johnson Controls as vice president, global Government Relations.

Kathleen “Katie” McGinty has joined Johnson Controls, as vice president, global Government Relations. McGinty will be responsible for government relations and regulatory activities worldwide that support energy efficient solutions, intelligent buildings and integrated infrastructures to deliver smart cities and communities.

McGinty joins Johnson Controls with over 25 years of public and private sector experience and most recently served as senior vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. where she led the global oceans programme.

She is a recognised innovator in clean energy, the environment, and life sciences, and a champion of advanced technology development and currently serves on the boards of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (Carnegie Mellon University), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE, emeritus), the Energy Futures Initiative, and the Delaware River Port Authority. McGinty has lived and worked abroad including serving as a Senior Visiting Fellow at a leading energy and environmental research institute in New Delhi, India, as well as directing policy development and participating in the negotiation of various multinational and binational accords.

“Katie’s background, plus her drive and passion, will help lead our government affairs team across the globe to develop critical relationships with legislative and policy makers as well as stakeholder groups as we carry out our plan to create smart building products and solutions for our customers every day.” — John Donofrio, executive vice president and general counsel, Johnson Controls.

Her public sector career includes serving as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as deputy assistant to the President (1993-1998), as secretary of environmental protection under The Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2008), and as chair of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (2004-2008). She was a candidate for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania in 2016.

Katie will be based in Washington, D.C.


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