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    Brake through: BWI & Thyssenkrupp's EMB alliance
    Introduction: BWI Group and Thyssenkrupp signed a contract for the development and production of cutting-edge electromechanical brake (EMB) technology. The collaboration between BWI Group and Thyssenkrupp to evolve EMB systems marks a significant step in the automotive industry's journey toward autonomous driving. This partnership underscores a commitment to innovation and a shared vision to redefine vehicle motion control, emphasizing safety, efficiency and comfort in autonomous vehicles. ...
    Software-defined vehicles: An identity crisis for the industry?
    We are entering an era where vehicles will be defined by their software. Think of that statement. In isolation, it says a lot. Throughout the past hundred years or so, vehicles have largely been defined by their brand. Alfred Sloan built a whole company on this principle. Today, Carlos Tavares, with Stellantis, has built a house of brands that appeal to different parts of the market with varying degrees of overlap. The brand of car we drove defined who we were as people. Driving a Volvo defined ...
    Freyr Battery announces new appointments to its board of directors
    Norwegian battery-maker Freyr Battery has appointed Todd Kantor, Tore Ivar Slettemoen and David Manners to its board of directors with immediate effect, the company announced April 19. The new appointments are intended to fill vacancies created by the departures of Mimi Berdal and Jason Forcier, and to strengthen Freyr Battery’s board as the company continues to pursue its key growth and capital formation initiatives. Forcier and Berdal have each notified the board of their intentio...
    Ionity appoints Jeroen van Tilburg as CEO
    Ionity, a leading charge-point operator (CPO) backed by several carmakers in Europe, has appointed Jeroen van Tilburg as the new CEO with effect from May 13, the company announced April 17. Tilburg succeeds Michael Hajesch, who plans to move out and pursue other ventures outside the company. Tilburg comes from Tesla, where he headed the carmaker’s charging division in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Notably, Tilburg successfully led the growth, development and transformation o...
    Wallbox names Luis Boada as new CFO
    Wallbox has announced the appointment of Luis Boada as chief financial officer (CFO) effective May 15. Boada brings over 17 years of experience in corporate development, finance and investor relations, with a deep understanding of North American and European markets. He joins Wallbox from Fluidra, a pool equipment and connected solutions company, where he served as CFO of North America. During his eight-year tenure at Fluidra, Boada established key processes, integrations and expansion effort...
    Mukund Vasudevan named SKF managing director — India and president for Industrial Region, India and South East Asia
    SKF, a leading global provider of industrial and automotive solutions, has appointed Mukund Vasudevan as its new managing director — India and president for the Industrial Region, India and South East Asia (ISEA), Autocar Professional reported April 8. Vasudevan brings over 33 years of experience in various industries, including at companies such as Pentair, Ecolab and McKinsey, and most recently served as managing director of Enterprise at Moglix. In his new role, he will be resp...
    Amit Kalyani reappointed as vice chairman and joint managing director of Bharat Forge
    Amit Kalyani has been reappointed as the vice chairman and joint managing director of Bharat Forge, effective from May 11, 2024, to May 10, 2029. This decision was announced by the company's board of directors following recommendations from the nomination and remuneration committee and is contingent upon shareholders' approval. Kalyani's current tenure at the company will end May 10, 2024. Since joining Bharat Forge in 1999, Kalyani has held various important roles in operations and manu...
    Schaeffler India reappoints Harsha Kadam as managing director & CEO for second term
    Schaeffler India has reappointed Harsha Kadam as managing director and CEO for a second term of three years, effective Oct. 1, 2024, until Sept. 30, 2027. Kadam has over three decades of experience in propelling businesses across various domains, including sales, manufacturing, product design and development, and business excellence. According to Eranti Sumithasri, chairperson and independent director at Schaeffler India, Kadam's reappointment is a testament to the company's trust in his lead...
    Plastic Omnium makes managerial changes to consolidate global position
    Plastic Omnium is undergoing a significant transformation of its portfolio to enhance its global leadership position, according to a press release dated March 12. In the past 18 months, the company has expanded its division count from three to five and established a new software development activity. With revenue now exceeding €10 billion, Plastic Omnium aims to accelerate and consolidate its position through an integrated offer of exterior body panels, lighting and modules. To achieve this...
    Elektrobit appoints Manoj Karwa chief revenue officer for Americas
    Elektrobit, a software-defined mobility leader, has appointed Manoj Karwa as its Chief Revenue Officer for the Americas region. With over 20 years of experience in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, Karwa will be responsible for overseeing scalable, long-term profitable growth in the region. Prior to joining Elektrobit, Karwa held leadership positions at various companies, including Rhombus Energy Solutions, EVBox, and Leviton Manufacturing. He has also worked at General Motors, AT Kearney, ...
    Aston Martin appoints Adrian Hallmark next CEO
    British luxury carmaker Aston Martin named Bentley head Adrian Hallmark as its new CEO to replace Amedeo Felisa, in the latest management shake-up under chairman and top shareholder Lawrence Stroll. Hallmark will become the third CEO of Aston Martin since Stroll took over the carmaker in 2020 with a more than 20% stake acquisition, a news report in Reuters dated March 22 said. "When Amedeo was appointed CEO, I spoke of him leading a new phase of growth and development. Two years on, we have d...
    ADS-Tec Energy appoints Renato Gross as Senior VP of its US arm
    Germany-based manufacturer of battery-buffered, ultra-fast charging EV charging equipment ADS-TEC Energy has appointed Renato Gross as Senior Vice President of ADSE Inc., the company’s US subsidiary, it said on March 19. In his new position, Gross will oversee the growth and expansion of ADS-TEC Energy in the US. Gross will lead the expansion of the company’s office in Auburn, Alabama, and meet the increasing demand in the US for ADS-TEC Energy’s EV charging products developed and pr...
    LEONI extends CEO and COO contracts, streamlines executive board
    The Supervisory Board of LEONI has extended the contract of CEO Klaus Rinnerberger until the end of 2027, according to a press release dated March 21. The board has also decided to extend the contract of COO Ingo Spengler. Additionally, the Supervisory Board has decided to reduce the Executive Board from four to three members as part of the company's streamlining process. "LEONI is well on track to return to operational success again following the financial restructuring in summer 2023. The m...
    Rane Group Chairman L Ganesh retires, to serve as non-executive director
    L Ganesh, the chairman of Rane Group, has decided to retire from the operating entities of the group, effective March 31. He will serve as a non-executive director on these entities and continue as chairman and managing director of Rane Holdings. Ganesh has been the chairman of Rane Group for the past 18 years. He has also led the group to win the prestigious Deming Award for his contributions to the dissemination and promotion of Total Quality Management (TQM) in 2022. Harish Lakshman will t...
    Thomas Gangl to step down as CEO of Borealis
    Thomas Gangl, the CEO of Borealis AG, has reached a mutual agreement with the supervisory board to terminate his mandate and employment contract effective June 30, a company press release on March 15 read. The supervisory board will announce Gangl's successor at a later stage. Under Gangl's leadership, key milestones were achieved, including the sale of Borealis' Nitrogen business, the acquisition of Rialti, a polypropylene (PP) compounder of recyclates in Italy, and the signing of ...
    Katja Garcia Vila to leave Continental executive board after one year
    On March 11, Continental announced that CFO Katja Garcia Vila notified the company that she would not seek another term when her contract expires in December 2024. Garcia Vila has been responsible for Group Finance and Controlling, as well as Group IT since her appointment to the executive board in December 2021. She cited personal career planning as the reason for her decision. Garcia Vila began her career at Continental in 1997 and held various positions before taking over as head of S...
    Cerence names Daniel Tempesta as CFO
    Cerence has appointed Daniel Tempesta as its new CFO, it said in a press release dated March 4. The appointment will be effective March 18. Tempesta replaces Tom Beaudoin, who will remain on Cerence's board of directors. Tempesta joins Cerence from Nuance Communications, where he served as executive vice president and CFO for over 15 years. Prior to Nuance, he held various senior finance roles at Teradyne and PwC. Tempesta brings over 30 years of financial and operational excellence, as ...
    Marelli appoints Frank Huber as executive VP and president of Automotive Lighting & Sensing
    Marelli has appointed Frank Huber as its new executive vice president and president of Automotive Lighting and Sensing, it said in a press release dated March 4. Huber will replace Sylvain Dubois, who is set to leave the company. Huber will be based in Reutlingen, Germany, and will lead the company's growth plans in the largest part of its business. Huber joins Marelli on the back of over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. He joins from Forvia in France, where he had...
    Acsia Technologies expands global reach with key executive appointments
    Acsia Technologies, an India-based global leader in automotive software technology, has recently expanded its presence in Europe and North America by appointing key executive leaders. The company has onboarded Scott A. Kuyawa as executive vice president and general manager of its North American subsidiary, Acsia Technologies Inc., and Stefan Juraschek as a strategic advisor. Kuyawa brings over three decades of experience in automotive engineering and manufacturing operations, having previousl...
    Driivz appoints Blake Jessen as new vice president of North American operations
    Driivz, a leading provider of end-to-end smart electric vehicle charging and energy management software, has appointed Blake Jessen as its new vice president of North American operations, the company announced Feb. 27. Jessen, who has over 18 years of experience in the distributed energy, clean-tech and electrification sectors, brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to Driivz in his new role. Before joining Driivz, Jessen served on the leadership team at Enel X Way eMobility for almos...
    ABB names Morten Wierod as CEO, to succeed Björn Rosengren
    ABB, a technology leader in electrification and automation, announced management changes in a Feb. 23 press release, where the company's board of directors has appointed Morten Wierod as CEO. Wierod will take office on Aug. 1 and succeed Björn Rosengren, who will step down from his position as CEO effective July 31 and retire as of Dec. 31. From Aug. 1 until the end of 2024, Rosengren will advise and assist Wierod, and the executive committee to ensure a seamless transition. ...
    Volkswagen to merge New Mobility and Technical Development divisions from April 1
    Continuing to restructure its global operations, Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen announced Jan. 29 that the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is trimming its board of management and that its New Mobility and Technical Development (TE) divisions will be brought together with effect from April 1, under the leadership of Board Member for Technical Development Kai Grünitz. Meanwhile, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand board member for New Mobility since 2022, has been named the Volkswage...
    Audi appoints Massimo Frascella as new head of Design
    Luxury-auto maker Audi has announced Massimo Frascella as its new chief creative officer to guide the brand's design toward new heights of innovation and distinction. Audi has recently restructured its Design department to report directly to the chairman of the board of management, and Frascella will be responsible for setting the course for the coming generations of Audi models.  The company's goal is to make "Vorsprung durch Technik" (Advantage through Technology) visible and tang...
    General Motors' Cruise hardware chief resigns
    Carl Jenkins, the head of Hardware at General Motors' Cruise self-driving unit, has resigned from the company after six years, according to a report published by Reuters on Feb. 16. This is the latest in a series of departures since the company suspended US operations in October 2023, following a pedestrian being hit by another vehicle and thrown into the path of a self-driving Cruise car in San Francisco. Jenkins' team was responsible for developing Cruise's self-driving hardware, including ...
    Ionna receives approval from regulatory authorities, begins charging services in North America
    Ionna, the joint venture formed by seven leading carmakers such as BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis to focus on building one of the largest fast charging networks across North America last year, has finally received the necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities to commence operations, the charge point operator (CPO) announced on February 9. It can be recalled that in July 2023, the said seven carmakers came together to set up a country-wide EV ...
    Cruise appoints automotive and autonomous vehicle safety leader Steve Kenner as Chief Safety Officer
    Cruise LLC, an autonomous vehicle (AV) company, has hired Steve Kenner as its Chief Safety Officer. Kenner brings over three decades of experience in engineering and automotive safety across multiple leading U.S. automakers, including General Motors, Ford, and Kodiak, according to a press release on Feb. 12. In his new role, Kenner will oversee Cruise's safety management systems and operations, working directly with the Cruise Board of Directors. The company aims to continually improve its ov...
    Bridgestone India names Hiroshi Yoshizane as MD
    Bridgestone India, part of the Bridgestone Corporation, has announced the appointment of Hiroshi Yoshizane as managing director. Yoshizane will succeed Stefano Sanchini, who will be appointed as the vice president of Consumer Replacement for Europe. Yoshizane moves to his new role from Bridgestone Japan where he has served in various leadership positions. He last served as executive vice president of Solution Business, Retail, and Service Business in Bridgestone Tire Solution Japan Co., Ltd, ...
    Toyota Motor North America announces executive changes
    Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) on Feb. 12 announced executive changes designed to drive continued growth, advance its commitment to vehicle electrification and prepare for the future of mobility. The following manufacturing changes are effective immediately. The automaker promoted Kevin Voelkel to senior vice president, vehicle plants. In this position, he will be responsible for overseeing North American vehicle production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Baja California (TMMBC), Canada (TMM...
    General Motors hires ex-Tesla battery expert Kurt Kelty as vice president of batteries
    General Motors (GM) hired Kurt Kelty, a globally recognized battery expert and former Tesla executive, as the vice president of batteries, which is a newly created role, the carmaker announced on Feb. 8. Kelty will report to GM President Mark Reuss, the company said in a statement Thursday. Kelty’s appointment comes at a time when the US legacy carmaker is investing in new technologies, exploring new battery chemistries and expanding production capacity while transitioning to become a fu...
    Torsten Kiedel appointed as managing director and CFO at Ionity
    Torsten Kiedel has been appointed as the managing director and CFO of Ionity GmbH with effect from Jan. 1, the company announced Feb. 1. In its press note, the charge-point operator (CPO) said that together with Ionity’s CEO Michael Hajesch and the COO Marcus Groll, Kiedel will drive the expansion of the largest pan-European high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles of all brands. Kiedel, in his additional role as the CFO, will be responsible for finance, accounting, contro...
    Electrify America appoints Yana Fayer as CFO
    Volkswagen-backed electric vehicle charging network provider Electrify America has appointed Yana Fayer as the new CFO, the company announced Jan. 29. Fayer brings over 15 years of finance and accounting experience, ranging from rapid growth to multibillion-dollar entities, across energy, asset management, retail and construction industries. In her new role, Fayer will lead all financial activities in support of strategic business growth and fiscal responsibility for Electrify America, and...
    Kongsberg Automotive names Linda Nyquist-Evenrud as the new president & CEO
    In a press release on Jan. 31, automotive suppliers Kongsberg Automotive (KA) said its board of directors (BOD) has appointed Linda Nyquist-Evenrud as the president and CEO of KA, effective immediately, after she was first appointed as interim president and CEO on July 24, 2023. Commenting on the appointment, Peter Thostrup, chair of KA’s BOD, said, “On behalf of the BOD of KA, I am pleased to officially announce Linda Nyquist-Evenrud as the new President & CEO of KA. Nyquist-Evenrud ...
    Yokohama Rubber names Yamaishi chairman and CEO
    Numerous changes within the management of The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. will take effect following the company’s general meeting of shareholders on March 28, including the appointment of Masataka Yamaishi as chairman and CEO. Shinji Seimiya will take over Yamaishi’s current remit as president, as well as the role of COO, according to a press release on Jan. 31. Promoted members of the board Masataka Yamaishi Chairman and CEO, chairman of the board (General Management/Planning and Admin...
    Volkswagen consolidates technical development board in mainland China
    German carmaker Volkswagen announced Jan. 29 that it plans to strengthen its Technical Development Board function in mainland China as part of its In China, for China strategy. To this end, VW has appointed Thomas Ulbrich, former member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand for New Mobility, as the head of its Technical Development for the VW Group in mainland China from April 1, 2024. Ulbrich succeeds Marcus Hafkemeyer, who with his extensive experience of mainland China, will c...
    Qualcomm appoints Akash Palkhiwala as COO
    Qualcomm has appointed Akash Palkhiwala as COO in addition to his role as the CFO, according to a press release dated Jan. 23. Palkhiwala will oversee the global go-to-market organization and operations, and IT as the COO. Palkhiwala has served as CFO since 2019 and has played a key role in executing the company’s business strategy as it expanded into new end markets. He joined Qualcomm in 2001 and has held several finance leadership roles, including Treasurer, Financial Planning & Anal...
    Analog Devices announces new executive vice president and CFO
    Analog Devices (ADI) has announced that Richard C. Puccio, Jr. will join the company on Feb. 5, 2024, as executive vice president and CFO, according to a press release on Jan. 25. In this role, Puccio will set ADI’s financial strategy and lead the company’s global finance operations. Puccio will report to CEO and Chair Vincent Roche. Puccio joins ADI from Amazon Web Services (AWS), a global cloud and technology services provider, where he served as CFO. In his role at AWS, Puccio partnere...
    Goodyear Tire announces Mark Stewart as its new CEO
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that Mark Stewart has been elected CEO and president, effective Jan. 29. He will succeed Richard J. Kramer, who previously announced his planned retirement from the company following 24 years of service, including 14 years as chairman, CEO and president.  On the effective date, Laurette T. Koellner, independent lead director of Goodyear’s board since 2019, will become non-executive board chair, and Stewart will be added to the Goodyear ...
    ART Spa names Gabriele Pieraccini as CTO to drive technological expansion
    ART Spa, an Italian provider of infotainment systems, has announced the appointment of Gabriele Pieraccini as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Pieraccini brings extensive experience in the automotive and high-tech sectors, having held key positions at companies such as Bosch, Ferrari, Apple, and Lamborghini, the company announced in a press release on Jan.19. His appointment is part of ART's strategic goal of becoming a technology player in various complex markets, including aeronautics and ag...
    ChargePoint restructures organization, reduces global workforce by 12%
    Leading charge point operator (CPO) ChargePoint aims to implement a strategic restructuring of the organization leading to reducing its global workforce by about 12%, the company announced Jan. 10. The restructuring is aimed at improving the financial performance of the company, and positioning it for long-term and sustainable growth, ChargePoint said in a statement on Jan. 10. According to ChargePoint, the reorganization is expected to lead to an approximately $14 million in restructuring...
    The Mobility House appoints ex-VW CEO Herbert Diess as chairman of the board
    Germany-based The Mobility House, a smart charging and energy management solutions company, has appointed ex-Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess as the new executive chairman of its board, the company announced Jan. 9. Starting 2024, Diess will take over the role from Alexander Landia, who has been holding the position since 2017 as a recognized energy market expert, the company said, adding that Landia will continue to contribute his outstanding energy market expertise to the company. The c...
    Valeo appoints Edouard de Pirey as CFO
    Valeo has appointed Edouard de Pirey as the new CFO, it said in a press release dated Jan. 2. De Pirey will replace Robert Charvier, who will retire on March 29 after 24 years with the company. Charvier will remain with Valeo in an advisory capacity until his departure. De Pirey began his career as a civil servant in New Caledonia before joining the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry in 2006. He joined Valeo in 2009 as group vice president of Corporate Planning and Str...
    GKN Automotive names Volker Schwarz as new chief information officer
    Volker Schwarz has been appointed as the new chief information officer (CIO) at GKN Automotive, a global leader in drive systems. He joins the company's executive team, reporting directly to CEO Markus Bannert, and will be responsible for driving the company's global IT strategy, said a company press release on Jan. 2. Schwarz brings over 20 years of experience in global organizations, including leadership positions in the automotive, energy and defense industries. His previous roles include ...
    Hyundai Motor appoints Brian Latouf as president and global chief safety and quality officer
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) announced on Dec. 20, 2023, that Brian Latouf has been promoted to Hyundai Motor Group president and global chief safety and quality officer (GCSQO), effective Jan. 1, 2024. Latouf will report jointly to Jay Chang, Hyundai Motor Co.'s CEO, and Ho Sung Song, Kia Corp.'s CEO, the carmaker said in its press note. In his new role, Latouf will be responsible for leading global safety and quality for Hyundai, Genesis and Kia. The company said that ...
    Diodes appoints Gary Yu as president
    In a press statement on Dec. 26, Diodes announced the promotion of Gary Yu to president. The appointment will be effective Jan. 2, 2024, and is part of a multiyear CEO succession plan. Yu joined Diodes in 2008 and has served as the COO since February 2023. Prior to joining Diodes, Yu spent over 10 years at Lite-On Semiconductor and Texas Instruments in various capacities. As president, Yu will work closely with Keh-Shew Lu, who will continue to serve as chairman and CEO until at least May 31,...
    General Motors restructures leadership roles in product development team
    In an attempt to ensure faster implementation of new vehicle and technology programs, and accelerate the company’s go-to-market strategies, US legacy carmaker General Motors is restructuring the leadership positions in its product development team and creating a new role to oversee its global regions, the company announced Dec. 13. GM said that this realignment is driven by the retirement of Doug Parks. Parks has been serving the carmaker as executive vice president of Global Product Dev...
    Sila appoints former Intel executive Abbey Omokhodion as new CFO
    US-based battery-materials company Sila Nanotechnologies has appointed Abbey Omokhodion as the company’s new CFO, the company announced Dec. 14. In her new role, Omokhodion will take over the position from Warren DeSouza, who has been Sila’s first CFO of nearly six years. DeSouza, who provided a steady hand and strategic perspective to Sila, played a key role in helping the company deliver on its research and development (R&D) commitments, enter the commercial market, raise funding, l...
    Valens Semiconductor appoints Guy Nathanzon as CFO
    Valens Semiconductor has appointed Guy Nathanzon as its CFO effective March 10, 2024, according to a company release dated Dec. 11. Nathanzon replaces Yael Rozenberg Haine, who will resume her position as the vice president of Finance. Nathanzon has over 20 years of experience in finance and operations from various industries, including semiconductor, medical imaging and industrial. Prior to joining Valens Semiconductor, Nathanzon served as CFO of Scopio Labs, a medical imaging and deep-le...
    BlackBerry appoints John Giamatteo as CEO
    BlackBerry has appointed John J. Giamatteo as its new CEO and member of board of directors, it said in a press release dated Dec. 11. He will take over from Richard Lynch, who has served as the interim CEO since November 2023. Lynch will continue as board chair. Giamatteo has served as the president of BlackBerry's Cybersecurity business unit since October 2021 and brings over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Under Giamatteo’s leadership, BlackBerry will separate its In...
    EV charging software startup EV.energy announces four leadership appointments
    UK-based electric vehicle smart charging software platform EV.energy has made four new appointments in leadership roles, the company announced Dec. 11. These new appointments include that of Tanuj Deora, who joins from the White House's Federal Sustainability Office as senior vice president of Commercial Operations; Julie Taylor, who comes from Rexel as vice president of Global Partnerships; Bret Scott, who has come from Wejo and will take over the head of Automotive Division; and Kate Merson...
    Piston Group names Bob Holloway COO, expands leadership team
    The Piston Group has promoted Bob Holloway, former president of Piston Automotive, to the position of COO for the Piston Group. In his new role, Holloway will oversee the operational aspects of the Piston Group's companies, including Piston Interiors, A. Lava & Son, Detroit Thermal Systems and Piston Automotive. Halloway will continue to report to Piston Group Founder, Chairman and CEO Vinnie Johnson, and will assume responsibility for the day-to-day and general management, control, super...
    BorgWarner names Craig Aaron as executive vice president and CFO
    In a Dec. 5 press release, US-based auto component supplier BorgWarner announced succession at the top leadership by naming Craig Aaron as executive vice president and CFO, effective March 1, 2024. Aaron will succeed Kevin Nowlan, the current executive vice president and CFO who is set to retire. Nowlan will stay with the company until April 1, 2024, to ensure a smooth transition. Speaking on the new appointment, Frédéric Lissalde, president and CEO, said, “Kevin has p...
    Fermata Energy appoints Alexandra Cattelan as COO
    Fermata Energy, a leading supplier of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, has appointed Alexandra Cattelan as its COO, the company announced Dec. 4. In her strategic role, Cattelan is slated to direct Fermata Energy’s operations, including engineering, primarily focusing on accelerating the commercial expansion of its innovative V2X bidirectional technology platform. Cattelan brings more than three decades of experience in electric propulsion, lithium battery development and advanced...
    Denso announces organizational and executive changes
    In a press release on Dec. 4, 2023, Denso Corp. has announced changes to its organizational structure, executives’ responsibilities and personnel, effective Jan. 1, 2024.   Denso has stated at Denso Dialog Day 2023 that it will evolve from being “a Tier 1 supplier that supports the auto industry” to “a Tier 1 supplier that supports a mobility-centered society,” aiming to maximize the value of the entire mobility society, in addition to vehicles. To achieve this, Denso...
    Antolin appoints Emma Antolín Granet as Vice Chairperson
    Antolin has announced the appointment of Emma Antolín Granet as its new Vice-Chair, effective January 1, 2024. According to a press release dated December 1, Emma will take over from María Helena Antolín Raybaud, who will continue to be associated with the company in various family decision-making bodies. Emma Antolín’s priorities as Vice-Chair will focus on supporting the company's strategic transformation, particularly in the areas of corporate governance and sustainability. She has b...
    Jeep names new executives to lead brand preparation for electric offensive
    Stellantis North America has appointed two executives to key roles in support of the Jeep brand as it prepares for its electric offensive in 2024. William Peffer has been named responsible for Jeep brand North America, having joined the company in 2020 as CEO of Maserati North America. Before this, he was COO of Kia Motors America. Jim Morrison has been named responsible for the newly formed Jeep Performance Parts business, where he will lead the effort to capitalize on significant growth opp...
    Porsche appoints Nazif Mehmet Yazici as CEO of Engineering Services North America
    In a press release on Nov. 30, Porsche Engineering announced Nazif Mehmet Yazici as the new CEO of its new North American subsidiary based in the Los Angeles area. Porsche Engineering Services North America, the latest subsidiary of the international technology services provider, focuses on vehicle and software development for market-specific functions and digital services, including their verification, validation and quality assurance. Yazici began his tenure at Porsche AG in 2007 as a qu...
    Nvidia expands autonomous driving team in China, seeks top talent – report
    Nvidia is making strategic moves to bolster its autonomous driving capabilities in China, riding the wave of automakers' rush to integrate self-driving features into their latest vehicles. The company is actively recruiting engineers, technicians and professionals to fill 25 key roles within five business units, based on a report published by Automotive News on Nov. 30. According to information shared on the Chinese instant messenger app WeChat, the recruitment drive will focus on positions a...
    InDrive names Stephen Kruger as chief technology and product officer
    InDrive, a global mobility and urban services platform, has appointed Stephen Kruger as its chief technology and product officer. Kruger will be responsible for implementing inDrive's technology and product development strategies as the company expands into new geographies and business verticals, according to a Business Wire release on Nov. 28. With over 20 years of experience in technology leadership, Kruger joins inDrive from Careem (Dubai) where he served as chief technology officer. ...
    Norwegian battery-maker Freyr Battery restructures top leadership
    Norwegian battery-maker Freyr Battery announced Nov. 27 that the company is optimizing its organizational structure, including leadership changes aimed at aligning resources with Freyr’s business priorities. Under the battery company’s new organizational structure, the following members of Freyr’s executive leadership team will assume elevated responsibilities with immediate effect: a) Andreas Bentzen has been promoted to the role of chief technology officer. Bentzen has been working on...
    ChargePoint restructures top leadership team
    ChargePoint, a leading provider of electric vehicle charging networks in the US, announced Nov. 16 that the company has appointed Rick Wilmer as its new president and CEO with immediate effect. In conjunction with the appointment, Wilmer has also joined the ChargePoint board of directors, it added. Wilmer has been serving ChargePoint as the COO since July 2022, where he has been responsible for product management, development, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain, as well as customer e...
    Mubadala Capital leads strategic recapitalization of Reimagined Parking
    Reimagined Parking, formerly known as Reef Parking, has undergone significant changes to position itself for continued growth. Mubadala Capital, a global sovereign investor with over $280 billion in assets, has led a strategic recapitalization of the company. As part of the changes, Mubadala Capital has become the new controlling shareholder, and key additions have been made to the senior management team, a PRNewswire release dated Nov. 20 said. The company has appointed Russ Pillar as its...
    General Motors' Cruise robo-taxi CEO Kyle Vogt resigns amid safety review fallout
    CEO Kyle Vogt of General Motors' robot-taxi unit, Cruise, has resigned from the company after apologizing to staff for the company's safety review of its US fleet, according to a Reuters' report on Nov. 20. Vogt offered little explanation for his resignation, simply stating that he has resigned from his position. His departure comes as a setback for the autonomous vehicle industry, which relies on public trust and cooperation from regulators. Cruise had recently expanded its ambitions to offe...
    Rich Kramer to retire as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. CEO in 2024 after 24 years of leadership
    Rich Kramer, chairman, CEO and president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will retire in 2024 after 24 years of service, including 14 years as the company's CEO. Kramer led Goodyear's transformation into a technology-driven mobility company and delivered five consecutive years of annual segment operating income, the highest in the company's history. Under his leadership, Goodyear also reduced costs, streamlined manufacturing and invested in growth. Kramer guided the company through the COV...
    Here Technologies appoints Mike Nefkens as CEO
    Here Technologies has appointed Mike Nefkens as its new CEO effective Jan. 2, 2024, it said in a press release on Nov. 9. Nefkens brings over three decades of experience in technology, IT, software, cloud services, internet of things (IoT) and automotive industries. He previously served as president and CEO of Resideo Technologies and was a longtime executive at Hewlett-Packard. Nefkens currently acts as a senior advisor and CEO coach at Boston Consulting Group. “I am honored t...
    Adient appoints Jerome Dorlack as president and CEO
    Adient has announced the appointment of current executive vice president and CFO, Jerome Dorlack, as the president and CEO of the company, in a press release dated Nov. 8. Dorlack will succeed Del Grosso as president and CEO as well as a member of Adient's board after Del Grosso announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2023. Mark Oswald, currently Adient's vice president treasurer of investor relations and corporate communications, will be appointed executive vice president and CFO, succee...
    Continental appoints Gerd Bartels as new head of specialty tires
    According to a press release dated Nov. 8, Continental has appointed Gerd Bartels as the new head of its Specialty Tires business area, effective Nov. 1, 2023. Bartels, 55, is responsible for overseeing the company's tire solutions and services for various industrial applications as well as two-wheeler and racing tires. Bartels reports directly to Christian Kötz, a member of Continental's executive board and head of Tires. Bartels succeeds Wolfgang Thomale, who was recently appointed head of Co...
    Fisker appoints David King as chief technology officer
    Fisker has appointed David King as the chief technology officer, effective immediately, according to a press statement dated Nov. 3. King, who joined the company in 2021, replaced Burkhard Huhnke. King had previously served as Fisker's senior vice president and led the development and launch of the Ocean body program in Graz, Austria. King will now lead Fisker's global engineering and software teams in the US, Europe, India and mainland China, reporting to Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker. King...
    Airbag supplier Joyson Safety Systems appoints JinHui Shan as acting CEO
    Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), a leading global supplier of mobility safety components and systems, on Nov. 1 announced JinHui (Philip) Shan as acting CEO of the company, taking over the top leadership position from Tao Liu, who has decided to retire from JSS. According to the company's press release, Shan has been with JSS since the launch of the company in April 2018, holding various positions throughout the Asian market (most recently president of the Asian region) and serving as an integral...
    Group14 Technologies appoints Don Kersey as plant manager at Moses Lake factory
    Group14 Technologies, a leading supplier of advanced battery materials, has appointed Don Kersey as plant manager at its second commercial US Battery Active Materials factory (BAM-2), which is located in Moses Lake, Wash., the company said October 26. In its press note, the company said that as plant manager, Kersey will oversee all Moses Lake operations across the manufacturing, engineering and maintenance teams at BAM-2, which is currently on track to finish construction in 2024. Group14...
    Ford announces top leadership reorganization
    At a time faced with challenges over production shutdown owing to strikes at multiple plants, Ford Motor Co. has announced a management reorganization, promoting Combustion Vehicle Unit Chief Kumar Galhotra to the position of COO, even as the ongoing United Auto Workers' (UAW's) strike shows little signs of ending. Galhotra, who previously headed the Ford Blue unit that makes gas and hybrid vehicles, will now lead the automaker's global industrial system, Reuters reported October 19. Andrew F...
    Volvo Cars appoints Francesca Gamboni to head procurement and supply chain
    Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has appointed Francesca Gamboni to head its procurement and supply chain team, starting from October 16, the company had announced via a press note issued on September 13. Gamboni’s appointment comes at a time when the carmaker is aggressively pursuing its goal of transitioning to become fully electric by 2030. The company said that Gamboni will be responsible for further evolving its lean, sustainable and regionalized supply chain, strengthening the backbone of ...
    New CEO Cristina Blanco Santo Tomas to lead Antolin's transformation into electric mobility leadership
    Antolin's board of directors has appointed Cristina Blanco Santo Tomas as the company's new CEO. Blanco will lead the company's transformation process to position it as a leading supplier of technological solutions for automobile interiors in the new electric mobility era, it said in a press release on October 11.  The new CEO brings extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the company, having spent over 22 years at Antolin. As CFO and a member of the executive committee, she playe...
    US battery startup Sila appoints Rosendo Alvarado as plant manager of its Moses Lake facility
    US-based battery-materials company Sila Nanotechnologies has appointed Rosendo Alvarado as the plant manager for its first mass-scale production facility in Moses Lake, Wash., the company announced October 4. Alvarado, who has been serving Sila as head of Operations, is an industry veteran with an experience of more than 30 years. In his new role as the plant manager, Alvarado will oversee all aspects of the plant functions from staffing and commissioning to orchestrating operations and en...
    SigmaSense appoints semiconductor industry veteran David French as CEO
    According to a press release on October 4, David French has been appointed as the new CEO of SigmaSense, a company that specializes in digital signal processing (DSP)-based sensing systems. French brings a wealth of experience in the semiconductor industry, having held various executive positions at companies such as NXP Semiconductors, Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices. He has been instrumental in the early productization and broad adoption of DSPs. The appointment of French comes at a time wh...
    New managing director appointed at Continental Engineering Services
    Continental Engineering Services (CES), a subsidiary of Continental AG, has appointed Jean-Michel Verdier as its new managing director effective September 1. Verdier, a seasoned engineer with over two decades of experience in the automotive industry, succeeds Christoph Falk-Gierlinger, who is leaving the company after three years, a company press release said October 4. Verdier previously led the worldwide research and development (R&D) organization for the Wheel Brake Solutions segment a...
    Inalfa Roof Systems Group names Georges Andary as new CEO
    Inalfa Roof Systems Group, a global leader in the automotive industry based in the Netherlands, has appointed Georges Andary as its new president and CEO, effective October 1, a PR Newswire press release dated October 2 said. Andary brings over 28 years of executive leadership experience in the automotive industry, with a strong emphasis on customer relations, integrated collaboration, individual ownership and a commitment to continuous innovation. Inalfa Roof Systems develops and produces...
    Hella names Bernard Schäferbarthold as new CEO effective Jan. 1, 2024
    Bernard Schäferbarthold will become the new CEO of Hella GmbH & Co., effective Jan. 1, 2024. This decision was made by the shareholder committee of Hella at its meeting on September 29. Schäferbarthold will succeed Michel Favre, who has mutually agreed with the shareholder committee on an early termination of his mandate. Schäferbarthold, who has been a member of the management board responsible for Hella's Finance and Controlling corporate function since November 2016, has signed a long-...
    Gérald Mentil appointed president & CEO of Plastic Omnium’s Lighting division
    Gérald Mentil has been appointed president and CEO of the Lighting division of Plastic Omnium, effective October 1, a company press release dated September 29 read. Mentil has been a member of the executive committee of Plastic Omnium since May 13. The appointment comes after Plastic Omnium created its new Lighting division in October 2022, dedicated to automotive lighting, following the acquisitions of VLS and AMLS Osram. Mentil has extensive experience in the automotive industry, havi...
    AB Volvo proposes Pär Boman as new chairman
    The election committee of AB Volvo has proposed that Pär Boman be appointed as the new chairman and board member at the Annual General Meeting in March 2024. As previously announced, Carl-Henric Svanberg, AB Volvo’s current chairman of the board, has declined reelection, a company press release said on September 22. Anders Oscarsson, a member of the AB Volvo election committee, said, “Pär Boman has extensive experience from serving on the boards of many Swedish listed companies in ...
    Faraday Future appoints Matthias Aydt as its new global CEO
    Los Angeles-based electric-vehicle maker Faraday Future Intelligent Electric has appointed Matthias Aydt as its new global CEO, effective September 29. Aydt, who has been with the company for over seven years, will replace Xuefeng Chen, who took the top job at the company in November 2022. Chen will resume his prior duties as CEO of Faraday Future's China business and also take on a new role as the company's executive vice president of Global Industrialization. Aydt has over 40 years of experien...
    Ismail Dagli to lead Continental’s autonomous mobility business
    Continental has announced that Ismail Dagli will take charge of the company’s Autonomous Mobility business division from October, according to a company press statement on September 20. Dagli will succeed Frank Petznick, the outgoing business head. Dagli has been in charge of Continental’s Smart Mobility business area since the beginning of 2022. The division oversees business involving mobility services, fleet operators and commercial vehicle manufacturers within the automotive group sec...
    Saietta Group names David Woolley as CEO
    Electric-vehicle-drivetrain maker Saietta Group PLC on September 20 announced the appointment of David Woolley as CEO, effective October 20. According to the company, Tony Gott, who has been acting as interim CEO since April, will continue as executive chairman until the end of the financial year, when he will revert to his previous role as non-executive chairman. With experience in leading senior positions over his 35 years of corporate career, Woolley spent 10 years between 2011 and 2022...
    Ford announces top leadership appointments
    To bolster its customer-focused transformation, US automaker Ford Motor Co. announced key leadership appointments on September 12. Elena Ford, Ford’s chief customer experience officer, is named chief dealer engagement officer, effective September 12. In this role, she will work closely with Ford’s 10,000 dealers worldwide to accelerate their transformation into a competitive differentiator across Ford’s global businesses. The original equipment manufacturer said Elena Ford and dealers g...
    Denso announces changes of responsibility in executive and senior directors
    In a press release announcement on September 7, Denso, a mobility supplier, has announced a change of responsibility for its senior executive officer and personnel changes of senior directors, effective October 1.   Change of responsibility of senior executive officer: Yoshifumi Kato — currently chief technology officer (CTO), head of Advanced Devices Business Group, Advanced Mobility Systems Business Development Division and president of Mirise Technologies — to...
    BorgWarner to integrate STMicroelectronics’ Silicon Carbide technology in Viper power module for Volvo EVs
    In a press release announcement on August 31, STMicroelectronics said that it will supply BorgWarner with the third-generation 750-V Silicon Carbide (SiC)-power metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) dice for their Viper-based power module. This power module is used in BorgWarner’s traction-inverter platforms for several current and future Volvo Cars' electric vehicles. “This collaboration will give Volvo Cars the opportunity to further increase the attractiveness of...
    Continental appoints Manja Greimeier as new head of Tires Group Sector
    Manja Greimeier has been appointed as the new head of Original Equipment (OE) for Continental’s Tires Group sector, effective August 1. She will be tasked with the company’s global OE business for passenger and commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated August 30. David O’Donnell, who previously held the position, is now responsible for the global research and development activities for the manufacturer’s passenger car tire replacement business. Greimeier brings to the...
    SAIC-GM appoints VPs to lead newly created software and digital business organization
    SAIC-GM has established its software and digital business organization, and appointed Wang Chendong and Tyson Becker as vice presidents to lead it, it said in a press release on August 25. Wang and Becker will establish a local team to design, develop and operate software solutions and services for intelligent connected and digital experiences for Chinese customers. Wang previously served as product, marketing and strategy director of SAIC-GM Connectivity and Experience, executive d...
    Synopsys announces Sassine Ghazi as new president and CEO
    In a press release on August 16, Synopsys announced that its board of directors has appointed Sassine Ghazi as president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2024. At that time, Aart de Geus, chair and CEO, will transition into the role of executive chair of Synopsys’ board of directors. Ghazi also joined Synopsys’ board of directors, effective August 13. “I am ecstatic about Sassine’s transition into the CEO role,” said de Geus. “With 25 years of his career at Synopsys, Sassine embodies our...
    Vishnu Sundaram takes over as senior VP and CTO of Gentherm
    Global thermal management and pneumatic-comfort technologies provider for the automotive industry, Gentherm, on August 16 announced the appointment of Vishnu Sundaram as senior vice president and chief technology officer, effective September 5. The company said, in this role, Sundaram will lead Gentherm’s technology strategy, advanced product engineering, longer-term research and development (R&D) and the company’s partnership ecosystem to continue Gentherm’s heritage of introducing...
    Continental appoints Boris Mergell as head of User Experience business
    Germany-based automotive supplier group Continental announced on August 16 the appointment of Boris Mergell as head of its User Experience (UX) business, which the company said is the "new horsepower" and a game-changer in tomorrow’s mobility.  Starting September 1, Mergell will take over as head of the UX business area at Continental Automotive. He will drive the development of forward-looking display solutions, head-up displays and so-called UX assets in the form of software function...
    Hanon Systems appoints Nurdal Kücükkaya and Ramachandran Nagasubramony as co-CEOs
    South Korean automotive thermal and energy-management solutions supplier Hanon Systems announced the appointment of two co-CEOs. According to a company press release dated August 10, its board of directors has approved the appointment of Nurdal Kücükkaya and Ramachandran (Subu) Nagasubramony as co-CEOs of the company with immediate effect. Significance: Nagasubramony was appointed co-CEO along with the promotion to president. He leads the company alongside President and Co-CEO Nurda...
    Volkswagen of America appoints Lyndon Lie as chief engineering officer
    Volkswagen of America, a fully-owned subsidiary of German carmaker Volkswagen AG, has appointed Lyndon Lie as the company’s new chief engineering officer, the company announced August 3. The new appointment is part of the company’s plan of expanding its leadership team, and design and engineering capabilities in North America. Lie, who will be based in Chattanooga, Tenn., brings extensive vehicle-engineering experience that will help the company drive new innovation, including design, ...
    Mercedes-Benz Group’s supervisory board reappoints chairman and chief technology officer
    Mercedes-Benz Group’s supervisory board has reappointed Ola Källenius as chairman of the board of management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG until May 21, 2029, the company announced July 27. The board has also extended the contract of Markus Schäfer as the chief technology officer until May 21, 2026. As chief technology officer, Schäfer will be the board of management member responsible for Development and Procurement at the German luxury-car maker. The company also announced that Ren...
    Kongsberg Automotive names Linda Nyquist-Evenrud as interim CEO
    The board of directors of Kongsberg Automotive ASA (KA) has appointed Linda Nyquist-Evenrud as interim president and CEO effective July 25. Nyquist-Evenrud comes from the position of executive vice president of KA’s Flow Control Systems (FCS) business unit and is part of the executive management. She brings more than 19 years of experience in the automotive industry, starting at KA as sales manager for Raufoss Couplings in 2008, and advancing to senior vice president of the Couplings business ...
    Vianode announces appointment of Burkhard Straube as CEO
    Norway-based producer of advanced battery materials Vianode has appointed Burkhard Straube as the new CEO with effect from October 1, the company had said May 15. Straube is currently serving as the president of the Graphite Solutions Business Unit at SGL Carbon, a position he has held since 2015. Notably, Straube will bring onboard his extensive experience, which also includes serving BASF and DyStar in leadership positions. Commenting on Straube’s appointment, Asbjørn Søvik, chair of...
    Klaus Rinnerberger takes over as CEO of Leoni
    Leoni AG announced that Klaus Rinnerberger has taken over as CEO, in a press release dated July 14. Rinnerberger succeeds Aldo Kamper, who left his post March 31. The appointment was first announced in April. Rinnerberger has been a member of the supervisory board of Leoni AG since May 2021 and was elected its chairman in May 2022. “The automotive industry is my home and I am delighted to be taking on responsibility as CEO at Leoni, particularly now. Financial recovery is on its finish...
    Volkswagen strengthens leadership with new appointments
    Volkswagen has made new appointments in its top executive team in order to strengthen its leadership as the German carmaker prepares to step up its transition to electric vehicles while developing new capabilities in areas such as components, software, EV charging, battery and others. On July 12, VW announced that there will be personnel changes at its software unit Cariad SE, Bentley Motors Ltd., Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Group Components from September 1...
    GlobalFoundries newly appointed CFO Tim Stone departs
    GlobalFoundries (GF), one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers, announced July 11 that its newly appointed CFO Tim Stone will depart with immediate effect. “Tim Stone and GF have agreed that he will not assume his duties as CFO for GF and will depart the company effective July 11th,” the company said in a statement July 11. David Reeder will remain as GF’s CFO through the end of 2023, supporting the selection of a new CFO and ensuring an orderly transition to new fi...
    GKN Automotive restructures its leadership team
    London-based GKN Automotive, a global leader in drive systems, has made three new appointments to its executive team following the demerger of GKN Automotive from Melrose PLC into Dowlais Group PLC, the company announced July 11. Nic Zerbst has joined GKN Automotive as COO, a new role which was created when the company established two new functional arms — Operations and Engineering. Zerbst will replace Markus Bannert, who was acting as the interim COO at GKN. Meanwhile, Adam Ramsay...
    Kia Europe appoints Pierre-Martin Bos as director for Purpose-Built Vehicle business
    South Korean carmaker Kia Corp.’s European subsidiary — Kia Europe — has appointed Pierre-Martin Bos as director for its Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV) business, Kia announced July 10. The carmaker said that Bos will be working in the newly created position at Kia Europe from the regional headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Bos will take up his role at Kia Europe July 10, the company said. As a senior executive, Bos will take over the management of the dedicated team, which has bee...
    Denso appoints Kim Buhl as vice president of North America Purchasing Group
    In a press release announcement July 11, Denso has named Kim Buhl vice president of its North America Purchasing Group, effective July 24. She will succeed Mike Winkler, who led the group since 2014 and will retire in January 2024 after 30-plus years of distinguished service at Denso. Buhl will lead North America purchasing initiatives from Denso's regional headquarters in Southfield, Mich. In the role, she will spearhead efforts to secure and enhance Denso's supply chain, and work with suppl...
    Volkswagen to drive strategic realignment of EV Charging and Energy businesses
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen plans to drive strategic realignment of its electric vehicle Charging and Energy businesses and has appointed Giovanni Palazzo as the new head of these business units, VW announced July 10. VW said that Palazzo, who has taken over the new position from July 1, is responsible for the company’s global Charging and Energy business. He will also lead the Elli brand as CEO and head of Sales. Palazzo is tasked to focus on expanding VW’s fast-chargi...
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