Katie McGinty
Katie McGinty

Katie McGinty, who as senior VP at the Environmental Defense Fund led its oceans program, has joined Johnson Controls as head of global relations at the $32B industrial.

She will work with governments and regulatory bodies on topics such as development of intelligent buildings, energy efficiencies and "smart" infrastructures/cities.

McGinty, who has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience, chaired the White House council on environmental quality and was deputy assistant to President Clinton, served as Pennsylvania's secretary of environmental protection and ran for the Keystone's Senate seat in 2016.

She serves on the boards of Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (Carnegie Mellon University), American Council on Renewable Energy, Energy Futures Initiative and the Delaware River Port Authority.

With its 2016 merger with Tyco, Johnson Controls moved its headquarters from Milwaukee to Cork, Ireland. Johnson Controls said publicly; the reincorporation was not related to taxes. 

McGinty will be based in Washington.