Johnson Controls announced the election of Brian Stief as a corporate officer. Stief’s primary responsibilities will include global finance functions, financial planning and analysis, corporate taxation and other special projects. Stief will also become a member of the Global Leadership Council and will work closely with the Johnson Controls business units, providing support to those senior leadership teams on strategic initiatives, including merger and acquisition opportunities. He succeeds Susan M. Kreh, who was named vice president, finance for the Power Solutions business of the company in late 2009. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Stief was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he joined in 1979 and was admitted to the partnership in 1989. During his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he primarily served the firm's largest clients such as Caterpillar Inc., Johnson Controls and SABMiller and also held various office managing partner roles. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Stief holds a bachelor's of business administration in finance and accounting from the University of Iowa. Over the years, he has been an active member in the Milwaukee community, serving on the Board of Directors of the United Performing Arts Fund, the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, the U.S. Bank Championship Board of Directors, and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.