Andrew Thorson, Johnson Controls

Vice President and Global General Counsel, Europe and Africa Centers of Excellence

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Andrew Thorson is VP and Global General Counsel of Automotive and Asia at Johnson Controls and is based in the Shanghai Headquarters. 

From 2011 – 2015, Mr. Thorson served as Global General Counsel of Nissan Motor Corporation in the organization’s Yokohama Headquarters where he led Nissan’s global legal function.  

Before joining Nissan, Mr. Thorson was an international corporate and commercial transactions attorney specializing in international M&A, joint ventures and other strategic commercial transactions mainly in the automotive, electronics, semiconductor other manufacturing and wind-power sectors.  He also has significant experience in large-scale commercial real estate investments in Japan and the USA.   

Mr. Thorson is a graduate of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Law (LL.M. in Japanese Civil Laws 1998), Boston University School of Law (JD 1993), and Michigan State University (James Madison College, BA 1989).  He is licensed to practice law in the states of California, Michigan and Washington, and in Washington, D.C.