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Sanjay Rishi has returned to IBM (Photo: Larry Peplin)

Sanjay Rishi, who ran the IT operations of Johnson Controls' automotive division for the past two years, has returned to IBM as vice president and managing partner for global application innovation services.

He will  be succeeded by Pete Panagis as vice president information technology for Johnson Controls Automotive on Dec. 3, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Panagis  joined JCI in 1995 and most recently served in the company's Building Efficiency division as IT leader for North America, Latin America and the Middle East.

Rishi was global vice president in charge of strategy at IBM when he left the technology service provider to join JCI in the summer of 2010. Earlier, he headed IBM's global automotive practice.

jci panagis.automotiveIT Panagis joined Johnson Controls in 1995 (Photo: JCI)

During his two years at JCI, Rishi transitioned the automotive supplier's regionally based IT divisions into a global operation and implemented an IT structure that included farflung international units and newly acquired companies.

In an interview with automotiveIT earlier this year, Rishi said corporate IT operations need to actively engage in business decisions. "If IT organizations just take orders, they don’t add value. Organizations need to become value-based, not order-based," he said.

The full interview can be read at: