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Against the Clock: Creating the Treasury Organisations of the Future

Post-merger strategy

Since 2013 Johnson Controls International have gone through a radical transformation. Here they explain how they successfully transformed their treasury function, focusing particularly on the implications for treasury technology.

Key Points

  • Johnson Controls International decided in 2015 to spin-off its automotive business into a new corporation, Adient, and shortly after that JCI announced its merger with Tyco which would take place in 2016
  • These changes had enormous impact on treasury, with particular implications for technology; all the preparations for a fully functioning treasury department for Adient had to be completed in under a year
  • The corporation worked closely with FIS (formerly SunGard) which already provided its TMS system Quantum and payment factory system Trax. Existing Quantum and Trax applications were cloned, and the FIS-hosted infrastructure migrated to the UK
  • Quantum was updated and replicated for Adient, and Trax was connected to SWIFT in 35 countries
  • The authors describe the factors which contributed to the success of the complex project and note some of the obstacles which had to be overcome during implementation 

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Jean-Philippe De Waele

Johnson Controls International plc

Vice President & Treasurer EMEA

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