Johnson Controls Building Efficiency has appointed Archibald Makatini as the new Regional General Manager for Africa. The division of the global diversified technology and industrial company specialises in solutions for intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems.

Archie Makatini 2Born in South Africa, Makatini spent most of his adult years in the USA. It was there that Makatini obtained his pre-med Bachelor’s Degree before changing direction to pursue engineering where he eventually obtained his Masters in Engineering Management from the New Jersey School of Engineering (NJIT).

Makatini has held various positions at Johnson Controls for over 22 years in the United States of America (USA), with a short break of service for a year. With experience gained in technical roles when he started out his career, Makatini moved up the ranks with positions including Branch Manager at the New York City office, progressing to various other senior roles including General Manager and Marketing Director in San Diego.

He says he plans to harness his skills and experience to help build Johnson Controls to become the leader in the South African market. He will also have a strong focus on the rest of Africa, creating a larger footprint for the company on the continent, as he believes there is huge opportunity for growth in this market.

“We are seeing investment in Africa, and as a result, the development in infrastructure. We are perfectly positioned to meet Africa’s needs in this respect. We have a clear vision for Africa and are committed to not only growing the business in this region but also working with local businesses in each country. Training and skills transfer are key to empower these local businesses and we plan to assist these local businesses to take on the after sales support and maintenance opportunities, providing sustainable business for them,” Makatini says.

Corporate Social Investment (CSI) plays a huge part in Makatini’s focus going forward. “We work together as a team where employees volunteer to work with local non-profit organisation, supporting the arts, education, environment, health, and social service. There is so much we can do to improve the lives of our local communities and I look forward to launching new projects in the region.”

Makatini is committed to a customer-centric focus, ensuring that the end-user receives the best solutions that deliver real business value. There will also be a strong continued emphasis on safety, Johnson Controls’ people and the customer, he says.