Former CEO Alex A Molinaroli on Effective Leadership in Modern Business

Alex Molinaroli is the General Partner of SnowCloud Capital, and was previously the CEO at Johnson Controls. Join Enterprise Radio.

Pay attention to host Eric Dye & guest Alex Molinaroli discuss the following:

  1. Can you briefly describe SnowCloud Capital?
  2. What would your former CEO at Johnson Controls describe as your leadership style?
  3. What is the best way to manage an existing team leader?
  4. What can you do when faced with difficult business problems?
  5. How would you advise someone looking to set up a business in today’s world?

Summary: A leader who is authentic can go far in their career. Because from an early age it has been impressed upon us what ‘good’ leadership looks like, new leaders often fall into a trap, attempting to adopt these traits as their own. This is rarely a good idea. Be yourself; just be predictable, listen to your team members and show some empathy and you can’t go wrong.

Alex Molinaroli, currently General Partner of SnowCloud Capital. Alex Molinaroli, the former CEO at Johnson Controls led the company through significant changes that continue today. Johnson Controls International plc was created in 2016 through the merger of Tyco International. This combined firm is an international leader in building technologies and solutions.

During his tenure, Molinaroli changed Johnson Control’s capital allocation process, institutionalized operating processes and principles and reshaped the company’s portfolio with the goal of transforming it from primarily an automotive supplier to a top-tier industrial company. Multiple initiatives were undertaken, including formalizing the Johnson Controls Operating System, expanding the company’s presence in China and driving numerous portfolio changes.

In 2016, the company’s OEM automotive businesses were divested, beginning with the sale of the company’s Automotive Electronics businesses and ultimately the spinoff of the Automotive Seating and Interiors business, which became Adient.

The Automotive Businesses were sold. However, significant changes were made to the Building Efficiency Business. This helped streamline the company’s operations and improve margins. These changes included ADTi’s acquisition, global joint venture with Hitachi Appliances and sale of Global Workplace Services Business. The portfolio and operational changes dramatically improved the building’s business fundamentals and ultimately led to the merger with Tyco International in September 2016.

Molinaroli began his career at Johnson Controls as a clerk in 1983. He rose through the ranks to become a more senior manager. He was appointed vice president, general manager and chief executive officer of North American Building Efficiency Business in 2003. He was named president of Power Solutions.

As president of Power Solutions, he oversaw a renaissance within the company’s battery business. During this timeframe the profitability and topline growth dramatically improved – driven by investments in China, the development of advanced battery technologies and vertical integration into battery recycling and separator technologies.

Molinaroli received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of South Carolina and an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Molinaroli is a founder of the Electrification Coalition which is a non-profit advocacy group that promotes electrification.


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