Alex Molinaroli is an American business executive who worked for Johnson Controls for many years. He was born on October 7, 1959, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. After graduating from high school, he studied at the University of South Carolina and earned a degree in computer and electrical engineering. He completed his formal education at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, earning his master of business administration.
He joined Johnson Controls after earning his undergraduate degree. He was involved in service sales and control systems and was steadily promoted. Alex Molinaroli was the company’s general manager and vice president for North America and Middle East Systems for several years. During his time with the company, he led the effort to expand Johnson Controls in the international marketplace. He took a leadership position in over 300 sales offices across 50 nations.
Alex Molinaroli was named Vice Chairman of Johnson Controls in January 2013. Later that year, he was named chief executive officer as of October 1st. In January 2014, he was named chairman of the board of directors. His main effort in these positions was figuring out how batteries would be used to power devices in the future. Johnson Controls has been conducting research and development into next-generation lithium-ion batteries for many years.
He has served on the board of directors for multiple organizations. These include Johnson Controls International PLC, Interstate Batteries Inc., and the National Center for the Arts and Technology. Alex Molinaroli is currently serving on the board of Interstate Batteries and the Board of Regents for the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
He is one of the people that established the Electrification Coalition. This organization was designed to protect the United States from global oil supply infrastructure and line vulnerabilities. These are a threat to the economy and security of the United States. U.S. diplomacy places a great deal of focus and resources on making sure there aren’t any major disruptions to the global supply of oil to this country.
Alex Molinaroli has stated that spikes in oil have been the greatest threat to the American economy for decades. For the past 50 years, every recession has occurred after a spike in the price of oil and thus gasoline. He sees the solution as reducing the United States’ dependence on foreign sources of oil. 70% of oil consumption is in the transportation industry and 92% of that is petroleum fuels. He sees the solution as a transportation system that uses electricity to power cars that use as energy sources natural gas, solar, geothermal, and wind power. Additionally, the cost of electricity is stable while the cost of oil is volatile.