Johnson Controls appoints new Middle East VP/GM

Claude Allain succeeds Magdy Mekky and targets process simplification

Claude Allain, Johnson Controls.
Claude Allain, Johnson Controls.

Johnson Controls, the global specialist in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, announced the appointment of Claude Allain as vice president and general manager of Middle East operations.

Since joining Johnson Controls in 2004, Allain has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including executive leadership roles across Europe, and moves from leading the company’s energy savings performance contracting business in North America.

“Claude comes to the Middle East with an exemplary track record, a deep understanding of the Middle Eastern markets, and respect for its culture. Under his leadership, we will reinforce our commitment to operational excellence, quality, responsiveness and innovation,” said Santiago Perez, vice president and general manager Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America.

“Claude will focus on process simplification and make it easier for our customers to achieve better energy and operational efficiency,” he added.

Speaking about his new role Allain said: “Our ability to customize and scale our comprehensive technology and service offering will help organizations across the Middle East overcome challenges of any magnitude and complexity. I’m eager to work with our customers, employees and partners to make the Middle East a global leader in building efficiency.”

The building energy-efficiency provider serves the market with offices in UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Oman, and Bahrain. Through a joint venture, Al Salem Johnson Controls operates in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Johnson Controls maintains a wide network of distribution partners and is a preferred supplier for several real estate development companies and district cooling service companies.

In the Middle East, Johnson Controls supplies the equipment and controls for buildings across the region, including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper; the Pearl Development in Qatar; the Bahrain Bay project; the Cairo Festival City in Egypt; the New Doha International Airport; the expansion of the Holy Haram in Makkah, the Kingdom and Faisaliah Towers, and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, the second tallest building in the world in Saudi Arabia.

Allain succeeds Magdy Mekky, vice president and managing director since 2008, who will move to a new role.

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