Johnson Controls has announced that Bill Jackson has joined the company as executive vice president, operations and innovation, a new position.

Jackson brings more than two decades of automotive and industrial consulting experience to Johnson Controls, having served as a senior partner with Booz & Company, where he led the firm's Global Automotive, Transportation and Industrials Practice. Over that time, he worked closely with all three of Johnson Controls' businesses on a variety of strategic and operational matters.

Jackson, who will be based in the company's global headquarters in Glendale, WI, will report to Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive officer Stephen A. Roell.

"Bill is a proven leader and strategist with strong knowledge and experience with Johnson Controls. He will work closely with our leadership team and each of our businesses, with a specific focus on quality, innovation and continuous improvement as we continue to pursue our global growth and performance goals," Roell said.

Most recently, Jackson served as senior vice president and president-automotive at Sears Holding Corporation, where he has been responsible for the leadership and strategic growth of its automotive business. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.