GRAEF Welcomes Grady L. Crosby to Board of Directors Roster
Crosby Joins Board as GRAEF Looks to the Future
After an extensive nationwide search, GRAEF-USA, Inc. (GRAEF) is pleased to select Grady L. Crosby as a board advisor on the GRAEF Board of Directors. With his business expertise and community focus, Crosby will play a critical role on the board, advising members on strategy and firm direction.
Crosby is currently the vice president of public affairs and chief diversity officer at
Johnson Controls, and president of the Johnson Controls Inc. Foundation. Crosby is
responsible for setting the strategic direction for corporate affairs and diversity and
inclusion for Johnson Controls – the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable
buildings – as well as its Foundation.
“We are very happy to have Grady join our team as a board advisor”, says John
Kissinger, GRAEF President and CEO. “Grady brings a unique lens to our board, not only with his history in construction law, but his broad experience in community and government relations, sustainability, and philanthropy. He will help anchor our board as we plan for the future.”
The board of directors represents the interests of GRAEF’s shareholders and provides guidance to the management team. It is comprised of seven voting and three non-voting members.
Crosby assumed the board advisor role after the position was left vacant by Bob
Agnew, who retired at the end of 2020. Agnew served as a board advisor for over 20
years. He provided important and independent guidance for the board over a period of growth, acquisitions and multiple recessions.
“I am honored to join the GRAEF team as a board advisor,” Crosby shared. “GRAEF is a forward-thinking company and consistently demonstrates their reinvestment in the community. I am excited about the vision of GRAEF and where they are headed into the future.”
Crosby also serves on several prominent non-profit boards, including Executive
Diversity Council for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Froedtert Health,
International African American Museum, U.N. Global Compact Network USA, VISIT
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Center District, and Wisconsin Policy Forum. He is also a
member of the internationally recognized Executive Leadership Council.
He holds a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law and a Bachelor of
Arts degree from Howard University.