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    How the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 impacts the US EV ecosystem
    On 7 August 2022, Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which aims to not only take control of rising inflation by reducing the fiscal deficit but also invest in domestic manufacturing of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), secure the necessary supply chain, and cut down the carbon footprint by roughly 40% by 2030. The proposal made within the purview of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) expects to raise about USD739 billion and invest about ...
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    EV charging equipment maker Tritium appoints ex-Intel executive Rob Topol as CFO
    DC fast charging equipment manufacturer Tritium DCFC Limited has appointed Rob Topol, a former Intel executive with more than 20 years of experience, as the new chief financial official (CFO) of the company, Tritium announced on 27 July 2022. It said that Topol, who has joined as a senior member of the finance team, will work alongside the current CFO Michael Hipwood until the Company’s earnings for the quarter ending June 2022 are reported in September. Post the earnings announcement, Trit...
    Klaus Kuhn resigns as chairman of HELLA’s supervisory board
    HELLA has announced that Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the member of the Shareholders’ Committee of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA Klaus Kuhn has resigned due to personal reasons. Carl-Peter Forster, chairman of the HELLA Shareholders’ Committee, said, “It is with great regret that we have accepted Mr. Kuhn’s decision to resign from his positions at HELLA. Mr. Kuhn has played a decisive role in shaping HELLA’s development in recent years, such as with the 2014 IPO and many other ...
    Bosch appoints new leadership team for Mobility Solutions business
    Global automotive supplier Bosch announced on 19 July 2022 that the company is planning to restructure its ‘Mobility Solutions’ business into a business division with profit and loss responsibility with effect from 1 January 2023. Bosch further said that the company is appointing a new management team, which will be responsible for the ‘Mobility Solutions’ business and all its sub-divisions with effect from 1 October 2022. It added that the chairman of the new sector board will be Dr....
    Velodyne Lidar appoints Virginia Boulet as chairperson
    Velodyne Lidar has announced the appointment of Virginia Boulet as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, according to a company press release on 19 July.  Boulet will replace Michael Dee, who will continue to serve as a member of the board. Boulet has served as a member of Velodyne’s Board since November 2021. She is a corporate governance leader with more than 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law. “I would like to thank Michael for his support and guidance as ...
    ADS-TEC Energy Group appoints Wolfgang Breme as CFO
    ADS-TEC Energy Group has announced the appointment of Wolfgang Breme as the chief financial officer (CFO), in a company press release on 13 July. Breme was responsible for finance and administration at AIXTRON SE for nearly a decade. He also held CFO positions at technotrans SE, AVENTICS and Skeleton Technologies Group. “ADS-TEC Energy is a company with an enormous growth potential. I am convinced that the intelligent battery-buffered ecosystems of ADS-TEC Energy are an enabler for a decent...
    ZF Friedrichshafen appoints Dr. Holger Klein as Chairman and CEO
    ZF Friedrichshafen has appointed Dr. Holger Klein as chairman and CEO, it said in a press release on 8 July 2022. Dr. Holger Klein will replace Wolf-Henning Scheider as chairman and CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG at the turn of the year 2022/23. At the same time, Dr. Peter Laier will join the Board of Management and succeed Wilhelm Rehm as the head of the Industrial Technology and Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) divisions. After many years of service, ZF Chief Financial Officer Dr. Konstantin S...
    Alysia Johnson joins Car Connectivity Consortium as vice president
    The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has appointed Alysia Johnson as the vice president, it said in a press release on 7 June. James Schuessler will sign on as a technical director. As the VP, Johnson will be responsible for streamlining and overseeing day-to-day operations and working with the Board of Directors on strategic planning and direction. Johnson was a former executive director and strategic advisor to several technology consortia over the past 25 years, including the NFC Forum, I...
    Brose appoints Stefan Krug as executive vice president of operations
    Brose has announced the appointment of Stefan Krug as the company’s new executive vice president of operations, according to a press release published by Brose on 1 July. Ulrich Schrickel, CEO of Brose Group, said, "With his knowledge and expertise Stefan Krug is to further increase productivity of Brose plants worldwide, streamline production workflows, and push ahead with digitalization.” Stefan Krug will be responsible for the automotive supplier’s global plants along wi...
    HERE Technologies appoints Adeel Manzoor as chief financial officer
    HERE Technologies has announced the appointment of Adeel Manzoor as chief financial officer (CFO) with immediate effect, a company press release on 27 June read. Manzoor will replace Petra Meiser, who left HERE in March 2022. Manzoor will have overall responsibility for finance, controlling, risk management, treasury, and investor relations at the company. Manzoor was formerly the chief administrative officer and CFO of C3 AI. Prior to C3 AI, Manzoor served two and a half years as CFO at...
    Pricol appoints Priyadarsi Bastia as CFO
    Pricol has announced the appointment of Priyadarsi Bastia as chief financial officer, Autocar Professional reported on 15 June. Significance: Priyadarsi Bastia carries 22 years of corporate experience in finance, accounting, taxation, treasury, product costing, budgeting, pricing, process controls and improvements, cost optimization, investment evaluations, amongst others. His previous organizations include Murugappa Group, KPMG and Sastri & Shah. Pricol consists of a wide range of pro...
    Covestro extends contract with CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann until 2028
    Materials company Covestro has announced that Dr. Markus Steilemann will remain as CEO for a further five years, according to a press release published by the company on 10 June. Mr. Steilemann has been a member of the Covestro Board of Management since September 2015 and its CEO since June 2018. Dr. Richard Pott, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Covestro AG, said, "Markus Steilemann has provided Covestro with outstanding leadership as CEO during his tenure to date, setting important stra...
    Stellantis, LG Energy Solution name battery JV as NextStar Energy
    Italian-American carmaker Stellantis and its battery partner LG Energy Solution announced on 2 June 2022 that their joint venture (JV) company will be officially called NextStar Energy Inc. The two companies also said that Danies Lee has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the new JV company, which will set up a new lithium-ion battery production plant in Ontario, Canada. Stellantis and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution had committed to invest more than CAD5.0 bi...
    Karma Automotive appoints Nicholas David as Interior Design Director
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker, Karma Automotive has announced the appointment of Nicholas David as director, interior design Karma automotive, according to a press release by the automaker on 27 May. Nicholas David will lead the company’s global interior design development at Karma’s design center.   Commenting on the new role, Nicholas David, said, "I am excited to join the talented design team at Karma Automotive at a time when the design language is undergoing a radical cha...
    Volkswagen announces top leadership for its EV battery business
    The Volkswagen Group has appointed a six-member executive board to manage the newly established independent European company, Société Européenne, to overlook electric vehicle (EV) battery production and ecosystem, the carmaker announced on 20 May 2022. With an aim to quickly and comprehensively industrialize VW’s new EV battery technologies, the newly appointed board will be led by Frank Blome, who along with the team, will work from their base in Salzgitter to expand the rapidly growing...
    ZKW Group appoints Dr. Wilhelm Steger as CEO
    Austria-based ZKW Group has appointed Dr. Wilhelm Steger as the new CEO, according to a press release published by the company on 18 May.  Dr. Steger until recently served as a senior management consultant in the automotive industry and in the private equity business area.   Dr. Steger, said, “My goal is to secure a future-proof and stable development of the ZKW Group as a system supplier for premium lighting systems on the international market. At this point, I would like to expr...
    Grupo Antolin appoints Ramón Sotomayor as CEO
    Grupo Antolin has announced that it appointed Ramón Sotomayor Jauregui as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), according to a press release published by the company on 17 May. Sotomayor, has been tasked with updating the company's business plan to establish the group as a global provider of technical solutions for vehicle interiors, enhancing its competitive position, and accelerating value creation for all stakeholders. Ernesto Antolin, chairman of Grupo Antolin, said, “Ramón Sotomayor...
    CEO Thorsten Seehars to leave Grammer AG at the end of May 2022
    Grammer AG has announced via press release on 16 May that CEO Thorsten Seehars will leave the group at the end of May 2022. According to the company, the chairman of the board and the supervisory board had mutually agreed to end their term of office on 31 May 2022. Mr. Seehars' responsibilities will be taken over on an interim basis by the two Executive Board members, Jens Öhlenschläger, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Jurate Keblyte, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), from 1 June 2022. Mr. Öh...
    Stellantis appoints Maxime Picat as head of purchasing and supply chain
    Stellantis has appointed Maxime Picat as its new Chief Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer, it said in a press release on 11 May. Maxime Picat’s appointment comes at a vital time when the automotive industry is going through a rapid transformation. His analytical skills and trusted relations with suppliers will enhance Stellantis’ short- and medium-term performance in the new E-mobility and alternative fuels ecosystem. Stellantis aims at lowering cost of EVs by 40% to ensure affordability, w...
    Cerence appoints Tom Beaudoin as CFO and executive vice president
    Cerence has appointed Tom Beaudoin as its new executive vice president and CFO, it said in a press release on 6 May. Beaudoin replaces Marc Montagner, who has tendered his resignation. Beaudoin has been on Cerence’s board since October 2019. He is the former CFO and chief transformation officer of Nuance Communications and most recently, he served as chief transformation officer of Qualifacts. “With his deep knowledge of the automotive industry, software markets, and Cerence, and as a pub...
    Dagmar Steinert to join as Group CFO at Rheinmetall from January 2023
    Rheinmetall has announced that Dagmar Steinert will succeed Helmut P. Merch as the chief financial officer (CFO) of Rheinmetall from 1 January 2023, a company press release dated 3 May read. Steinert is currently a board member of Fuchs Petrolub, responsible for commercial and legal operations. Steinert had initially headed Rheinmetall’s accounting department from 2003 to 2013. Merch, who joined the company in 1982, had been the CFO since January 2013. He will retire at the...
    Solid-state battery startup ProLogium appoints Renault-Nissan veteran Gilles Normand
    Taiwan-based solid-state battery startup ProLogium Technology has appointed Gilles Normand as the Executive Vice President – International Development, effective immediately, the company said on 22 March 2022. Normand, who will report directly to the CEO and founder Vincent Yang, has worked with Renault and Nissan for over three decades in multiple roles. The battery maker said that Normand’s executive appointment is in response to the rapid growth in the EV industry as ProLogium aims to exp...
    FREYR Battery appoints Andreas Bentzen as Executive Vice President Technology
    Norwegian lithium-on battery maker FREYR Battery has appointed Andreas Bentzen as its Executive Vice President – Technology, the company announced on 22 April 2022. Bentzen, who is slated to join the company in his new role from 1 September 2022, has previously served as the co-founder and chief technology officer for Otovo, which is a leading provider of solar panels and batteries for the residential market in Europe. Commenting on Bentzen’s appointment as the incoming EVP – Technology...
    Stellantis appoints Jean-Michel Billig as CTO for hydrogen fuel cell development
    Stellantis has announced the appointment of Jean-Michel Billig as chief technology officer (CTO) for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle development, effective 27 June 2022 and Opel Brand CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz for piloting commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, according to a press release published by the company on 22 April.  Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, said, “Jean-Michel’s broad spectrum of experiences in aircraft, aerospace, automotive and naval industries will contribute t...
    MAHLE Chairman and CEO Matthias Arleth departs the company
    German supplier of powertrain and thermal components MAHLE announced on 15 April 2022 that the company and its current chairman of the management board and chief executive officer Matthias Arleth have mutually decided to terminate the contract. As a result, Arleth, 54, will leave the company by the end of April. “This step is due to differing opinions on the future strategic orientation of the group,” the company said in a statement. Notably, Arleth had joined the technology group in Janu...
    Cooper Standard appoints Shannon B. Quinn to VP, chief commercial and strategy officer
    Cooper Standard announced the appointment of Shannon B. Quinn to vice president, chief commercial and strategy officer, according to a press release published by the company on 11 April. Quinn will undertake the responsibilities for global commercial group and corporate strategy. The new role also enables Quinn to join Cooper Standard’s Global Leadership Team.   Patrick Clark, SVP and managing director, global automotive, said, “With more than 25 years of experience spanning a wide r...
    REE appoints ex-Tesla operations executive Josh Tech as new COO
    Israeli automotive tech company REE Automotive announced via press release on 5 April that it had appointed ex-Tesla Head of the New Product/Manufacturing Introduction group, Josh Tech, as the new COO. According to the press release, the new COO brings over 23 years of experience in complex product development and launch, industrialization, infrastructure development, engineering, supply chain, quality, and operations management from his previous time at automaker Tesla and construction ...
    EV charging equipment maker Tritium appoints Glen Casey as COO
    Tritium has announced the appointment Glen Casey as chief operating officer (COO), it said in a press release on 7 March. Casey had been serving as Tritium’s interim director of global operations since May 2021. Before Tritium, Casey held senior leadership roles in Philips, Imperial Chemical Industries and Nylex, where he was involved in operations in Australia, Asia and Europe. As the COO, Casey will oversee company-wide operational performance, global supply and product distribution and cust...
    Battery startup InoBat Auto plans its third Gigafactory in Western Europe
    EV battery technology startup InoBat Auto announced on 25 March that it plans to set up its third Gigafactory in Western Europe to support its customer order book. The company said that it is evaluating potential sites for its third Gigafactory in European Union as well as in the UK as it plans to take a decision within 2022. In June 2021, InoBat had announced that the company is building an EV battery technology center and a pilot assembly line in Voderady, about 40 km from Bratislava. ...
    AI semiconductor firm Ambarella appoints Brian C. White as CFO
    Ambarella, an artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor firm will appoint Brian C. White as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after filing its fiscal year 2022 Annual Report, the company announced in an official press release on 28 March 2022. The filing of fiscal year 2022 Annual Report is estimated to be completed on 1 April 2022. Previously, Mr. White held CFO at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) for almost six years, and also worked for various financial and operational management posi...
    Advent Technologies appoints Hechem Nadjar as VP of Business Development, Europe
    Advent Technologies Holdings appoints Hechem Nadjar as VP of Business Development, to lead business development and sales across Europe, according to a press release published by the company on 15 March. Chris Kaskavelis, chief marketing officer at Advent Technologies, said “Hechem’s appointment comes at a critical time for our company, as we revamp the distribution of our products, with an aim to increase the supply of our vast range of clean and reliable fuel cell solutions across Europ...
    Cerence appoints Marc Montagner as CFO
    Cerence has appointed Marc Montagner as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective 4 April, the company said in a press release on 14 March. Montagner will report to Stefan Ortmanns, CEO of Cerence. “After a rigorous search process, I’m excited to welcome Marc to Cerence. His impressive background in finance, banking, and business development makes him a great fit as our next CFO. We enthusiastically welcome him to our team and look forward to his contributions to the strategy, growt...
    EV maker Rivian appoints Magna Steyr’s Frank Klein as COO
    EV maker Rivian Automotive, Inc. has appointed Frank Klein as chief operations officer, effective 1 June 2022, the company said on 14 March 2022. Klein will join Rivian from the Austria-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, where he served as the president. He will be based in Normal, Illinois, and will report directly to the EV maker’s chief executive officer, RJ Scaringe. Klein succeeds Rod Copes, who retired from the position last year, Rivian said in its official note. Not...
    Edscha Group appoints César Pontvianne de la Maza as CEO
    International automotive supplier Edscha Group has appointed César Pontvianne de la Maza as CEO, the company announced in a press release on 3 March 2022. Edscha Group said that César Pontvianne de la Maza replaces Torsten Greiner as CEO. Francisco José Riberas Mera, Executive Chairman of Gestamp, said, “César, with the entire Edscha team, will ensure the successful implementation of the initiatives outlined by our transformation plan and thus optimally position the group for future mar...
    General Motors appoints Jeffrey Morrison to lead global purchasing and supply chain
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer General Motors has appointed Jeffrey Morrison as vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain with effect from 1 April 2022, the company announced on 3 March 2022. GM said that Morrison replaces Shilpan Amin, who was recently appointed as the company’s senior vice president and president, GM International, following the announcement of Steve Kiefer’s decision to retire after almost 40 years in the auto industry. In his current role, Morrison is re...
    Flex appoints Becky Sidelinger as president of Reliability Solutions
    Flex appoints Becky Sidelinger as President of the Reliability Solutions, according to a press release published by the company on 22 February.       Revathi Advaithi, CEO at Flex, said, "On behalf of the entire Flex team, we are excited to welcome Becky, a seasoned executive with a global business mindset to lead our Reliability business units. Her expertise in regulated and high reliability industries will add great value to Flex as we continue to grow the Reliabili...
    LUXIT Group appoints Stephan Marin to VP of company’s tier-2 business unit
    LUXIT Group announced the appointment of Stephan Marin as Vice President for the company’s Tier 2 business division, according to a press release published by LUXIT Group on 1 March.     Stephane Vedie, CEO of LUXIT Group, said, "Stephan Marin joins us with a wealth of global executive experience in the automotive industry, informed by his strong engineering, product development and design background. We are proud to announce his addition to the LUXIT Group leadership team as...
    HELLA appoints Michel Favre as CEO, announces other leadership changes
    HELLA Shareholder Committee announces appointments of Michel Favre and Yves Andres as new members of the Management Board of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, the company said in a press release on 25 February. Michel Favre will take over as HELLA CEO on 1 July 2022, in succession to Dr. Rolf Breidenbach as announced by the company on 4 February 2022. Yves Andres will take over management of Lighting Business Group from Dr. Frank Huber.     Carl-Peter Forster, chairman of the HELLA Sh...
    Trinseo appoints André Lanning to SVP and CCO
    Materials solutions provider, Trinseo appoints André Lanning to senior vice president and chief commercial officer (CCO), the company announced in a press release on 21 February. Tinseo also created another leadership position, chief technology officer (CTO).    Frank Bozich, Trinseo president and CEO, said, “The creation of this new role of chief commercial officer and the appointment of André to this role will bolster Trinseo’s already strong commitment to providing solution...
    Magna appoints Robert F. MacLellan to chairman of board, announces other leadership changes
    Magna’s board has selected Robert F. MacLellan to succeed William L. Young following Magna’s annual meeting, according to a company press release on 11 February.   Swamy Kotagiri, Magna CEO, said, “I want to thank Bill for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the company’s success over the last 11 years. He has been instrumental in helping guide the company’s disciplined approach to growth.” Significance: Additional leadership changes include, Peter G. Bowie, wi...
    Cariad appoints Herbert Diess as chairman
    CARIAD has officially announced Herbert Diess as chairman of the company, according to a press release on 14 February. Diess had already taken over responsibility for software and CARIAD from Markus Duesmann as of 1 January 2022. CARIAD is the automotive software company in the Volkswagen Group. Hauke Stars and Hildegard Wortmann have been appointed as new members of the Supervisory Board of CARIAD SE. Hildegard Wortmann has been member of the board of Management for sales at Volkswagen since...
    Specialty chemicals company Lanxess announces key appointments
    Lanxess announces three changes to the key positions with Martin Saewe to become the new head of the Group’s initiative for e-mobility and circular economy, Neelanjan Banerjee to head Lubricants Additives Business and Namitesh Roy Choudhury takes over as country head for LANXESS in India and as managing director of LANXESS India Private Limited, the company said in a press release on 11 February. Significance: Namitesh Roy Choudhury, the current head of Production, Technology, Safety and En...
    ABB appoints Michael Halbherr as chairman of ABB E-mobility
    ABB has appointed Michael Halbherr as the chairman of its electric mobility division, ABB E-mobility Holding AG, the company said in an official statement released on 8 February 2022. A Swiss national, Halbherr, 57, had started his career at Boston Consulting Group and has also served as the CEO of mobile maps and navigation pioneer gate5, which was later acquired by Nokia. Halbherr has also served as the CEO at HERE Technologies, which was later sold to a consortium of German automotive compani...
    ENGEL Group appoints Dr Gerhard Dimmler to the board as CTO
    Injection manufacturer ENGEL appoints Dr Gerhard Dimmler to the board as chief technology officer (CTO), the company announced in a press release on 2 February.   Dr Stefan Engleder, CEO, said, "Gerhard Dimmler has played a decisive role in shaping ENGEL's research and development in recent years, and has made a significant contribution to ENGEL being perceived as a technology leader in global markets. Bringing Mr Dimmler into the management team is an important step for the sustain...
    Flex appoints Patrick J. Ward to board of directors
    Flex announces the appointment of Patrick J. Ward to the company’s board of directors and has also been named as a member of the company’s audit committee, it said in a press release on 27 January. Michael D. Capellas, Chair of the Flex Board, said, “Pat Ward brings proven financial and executive expertise. He will be a valuable addition and we welcome him to the Board.” Significance: Patrick J. Ward retired with more than 30 years of experience as CFO of Cummins Inc. Prior to serv...
    EV battery technology startup StoreDot appoints David Lee as chief science officer
    Israel-based EV battery technology startup StoreDot has appointment of Dr David Lee as chief science officer, effective immediately, the company said on 11 January 2022. Dr Lee will head StoreDot’s new US-based research and development (R&D) center and innovation hub and will report directly to the CEO, Dr Doron Myersdorf. According to the company, Dr Lee has joined StoreDot from the Evergrande NEV Global Battery Research Institute, where he was serving as the head of Materials Research...
    Valeo appoints Christophe Périllat as CEO
    Valeo has appointed Christophe Périllat as chief executive officer, it said in a press release on 26 January. Périllat will replace Jacques Aschenbroich, who will continue to act as chairman of the board of directors. Périllat joined Valeo Group in 2000 and held several management positions in separate group companies. He became the chief operating officer in 2011, associate CEO in October 2020, and deputy CEO in May 2021. “I am fully aware of my responsibility to all our stakeho...
    Leoni appoints Harald Nippel as CFO
    Leoni has announced the appointment of Harald Nippel as the CFO, according to a company press release on 27 January. Nippel will take charge on 1 April 2022. Nippel served as the CFO of KraussMaffei Group since 2016. Prior to that, he was the CFO of Ixetic GmbH/Magna Powertrain and until 2010, the CFO of Böwe Systec. “We are very pleased that we have been able to win Harald Nippel as an experienced CFO for Leoni AG, thus ensuring a smooth transition from Ingrid Jägering to her successor. ...
    Visteon appoints Bunsei Kure to board of directors
    Global technology company Visteon Corporation appoints Bunsei Kure to its board of directors, the company announced in a press release on 27 January. Francis M. Scricco, chairman, board of directors, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Bunsei to our board of directors. His knowledge and expertise of the automotive and semiconductor industries will be very helpful in supporting Visteon’s future growth.” Significance: Bunsei Kure carries extensive experience with global automot...
    Nouveau Monde appoints ex-Inter Pipeline SVP Bernard Perron as new CEO
    Canadian mining company Nouveau Monde announced via press release on 10th January that it had appointed ex-Senior VP, Project Development & Operations Services, at Inter Pipeline Ltd., Bernard Perron, as its new CEO. According to the press release, the new CEO will oversee Nouveau Monde’s engineering, procurement, construction, operations, as well as environmental, health and safety management for its integrated mine-to-battery-material business model. Perron brings to the company 25...
    REE appoints ex-Magna SVP David Goldberg as new CFO
    Israeli-based manufacturer of modular platforms REE Automotive announced via press release on 6 January the appointment of finance executive David Goldberg as the company’s CFO. Goldberg joins the company from Magna International where he was the SVP of Corporate Development. According to the press release, the new CFO brings with him 20 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and management consulting thanks to previous stints at Morgan Stanley, Bain & ...
    Plastic Omnium announces Marc Perraudin as its new member to the company’s executive committee
    Plastic Omnium appoints CEO of New Energies business entity Marc Perraudin to Plastic Omnium Executive Committee as an Associate member, the company said in a press release on 24 January.   Significance: Perraudin served in Plastic Omnium New Energies since March 2020 and carries 27 years of experience within the Group, where he held various positions such as R&D Director in 2007, Industrial Director in 2012, then VP Industrial & Engineering and finally VP Programs, Sal...
    Aptiv appoints Sophia Velastegui as chief product officer to accelerate software defined mobility
    Aptiv announces the appointment Sophia Velastegui as the company’s chief product officer, it said in a press release on 18 January. In the new role Velastegui will leverage her expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), software architecture, and product development for industry leading technology providers.    Velastegui said, "The next wave of growth for automotive will come from the software-defined vehicle. I am excited to join Aptiv at this pivotal moment. I truly believe Apt...
    LUXIT Group appoints Daniel Escamilla as VP of Purchasing
    LUXIT Group appointed veteran purchasing expert Daniel Escamilla as its vice president of Purchasing, the company announced in a press release on 13 January. Escamilla joined LUXIT with more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. LUXIT Group CEO Stephane Vedie said, "We are proud and excited to welcome Daniel as part of the LUXIT Group leadership team. We have positioned LUXIT Group to be a global leader in next-generation technology for automotive small lamps, auxi...
    Adient appoints Tammi Dukes as VP of global sustainability
    Adient announces Tammi Dukes VP of global sustainability, the company said in a press release on 11 January.   Significance: Tammi Dukes will be based in Plymouth and joins the automotive seating company with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of audit and compliance. Tammi Dukes previously led the corporate internal audit function at UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust.  Prior to which, she led the internal audit functions at Henniges Automotive and International Automot...
    CES 2022: EV startup Indigo Technologies introduces electric van concepts
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup founded by MIT professor and inventor Ian Hunter, Indigo Technologies has introduced two new electric vehicle concepts aimed at the rideshare and delivery market at the ongoing CES 2022 on 3 January 2022. The company said that its concept vehicles—Indigo Flow and Flow Plus—enable new types of EVs that ride significantly smoother, are more spacious and operate at lower cost than any other vehicles in their class. “The Flow and Flow Plus will be markedly bett...
    Marelli appoints David Slump as CEO
    Automotive components manufacturer Marelli announced the appointment of David Slump as company CEO, in a press release on 6 January. David Slump is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience.      Beda Bolzenius said, “After a great deal of personal deliberation, discussion with my family, and with the support and understanding of our Chairman, Dinesh Paliwal, I decided that it is the time for me to step down as CEO of Marelli. We covered a lot of ground i...
    CIE Automotive appoints Fermin Del Rio as VP
    CIE Automotive today appoints Mr. Fermin del Rio Sanz de Acedo as CIE Automotive’ new VP, the company announced in a press release on 15 December. MR. Fermin del Rio has been contributing to the growth of the company at various capacities for more than 30 years and served as a Director for CIE Automotive since 2005.  Significance: Mr. Fermin del Rio Sanz holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management (San Sebastian) and began his professional career as a tax advi...
    GPR appoints former Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO Roger Nielsen as advisory board member
    According to a Business Wire press release dated 21 December, GPR announced Roger Nielsen, a former president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has joined the company's advisory board. Nielsen has nearly 40 years of commercial vehicle product development, high-quality manufacturing, and sales experience as the company approaches commercialization of its proprietary ground positioning radar on autonomous trucks. Nielsen said, "We have led Daimler's efforts to automate com...
    Cerence appoints Stefan Ortmanns as CEO
    Cerence has appointed Stefan Ortmanns as president and CEO of the company, it said in a press release on 15 December. Ortmanns was most recently Cerence’s executive vice president and leader of its Core Products business. Ortmanns will replace Sanjay Dhawan, who has resigned from the company, effective immediately. “Cerence has become a major player in advancing AI for mobility and no one understands the business better than Stefan. As the original architect of the business and with ...
    Autoliv appoints Sng Yih as new president of Autoliv China
    Mr. Sng Yih appointed as the new president of Autoliv China and joins the members of the Autoliv executive management team, the company announced in a press release on 16 December. Mikael Bratt, president and CEO of Autoliv said, "I am very pleased to welcome Sng Yih, who I expect will bring valuable knowledge and perspectives to Autoliv. The Autoliv China team, under the leadership of Jennifer Cheng, has been essential for our development in China. Autoliv China is a high-performing division...
    Continental appoints Katja Dürrfeld as CFO
    Continental has appointed Katja Dürrfeld as the chief financial officer (CFO) of the company, it said in a press release on 14 December. Dürrfeld succeeds Nikolai Setzer, who assumed the role within the executive board on an interim basis. Dürrfeld will be responsible for group finance, controlling, and group information technology. Dürrfeld joined Continental in 1997 and held several operational positions in IT, marketing, sales, logistics, auditing and purchasing before taking over...
    Volkswagen ropes in Apple’s global head of battery development Soonho Ahn
    German carmaker Volkswagen has roped in Soonho Ahn, who was until recently working as the global head of battery development at Apple Inc, the company said in an official statement on 13 December 2021. Ahn’s appointment is part of Volkswagen’s restructuring of its top deck in order to align the company for the transition to electric vehicles through the decade. VW said that Ahn, who’s previous stints include senior leadership roles at LG and Samsung, will take on a leading role in the d...
    ZKW enhances manufacturing facility to accelerate production capacity
    ZKW’s new automated line in Wieselburg starts operation, the company announced in a press release on 10 November. Stefan Hauptmann, general plant manager for ZKW Lichtsysteme Wieselburg said, “Thanks to the new logistics center, in the future the entire flow of goods—from receipt to manufacturing—will be fully automated and will include no extra steps to move goods into or out of storage. Now it takes just 15 minutes from the time materials are ordered on the assembly line to the time...
    Faurecia appoints Nik Endrud as EVP for North America operations
    Faurecia announces appointment of Nik Endrud as EVP of North America it said in a press release on 15 December.     Significance: Nik Endrud as EVP will be responsible and accountable for the sustainable development of the business operations in North America joining the Faurecia Executive Committee, reporting directly to Faurecia Chief Executive Officer Patrick Koller. Commenting on the appointment Patrick Koller, Faurecia CEO said "With a background in customer management, op...
    MARELLI appoints David Fan to lead business in China
    Global automotive component supplier MARELLI announced on 3 December 2021 that the company has appointed David Fan as EVP and president for the China region with effect from 1 January 2022. In his new role, Fan will be responsible for leading the business of MARELLI in China, aiming to support growth for domestic Chinese OEMs as well as the global OEMs in China. “The appointment will be key to strengthen MARELLI position in the growing Chinese market, therefore accelerating t...
    Eissmann Automotive announces change in management
    Mr. Claus Rudolf will take on the role of Chairman of the Management Board and all responsibilities for the Eissmann Group worldwide, the company announced in a press release on 26 November. The Eissmann Group had developed into a tech integrator in the past few years and intends to grow further under the new leadership. Significance: Mr. Rudolf carries immense experience of 25 years in the automotive industry, including 12 years in top executive positions leading global companies. Under the ...
    Cooper Standard announces leadership changes
    Cooper Standard announced on 9 December appointment of Patrick Clark as SVP, chief manufacturing and commercial officer and will take up responsibility for the commercial function and automotive profit and loss (P&L) in addition to his existing responsibility for manufacturing, Enrique Nogueroles as VP and managing director for Asia Pacific and will assume P&L responsibility for the entire Asia Pacific business and Ramsey Changoo as vice president and managing director for ISG, assuming ...
    Autonomous mobility startup Oxbotica appoints Gavin Jackson as CEO
    Oxbotica has appointed Gavin Jackson as its new CEO, the autonomous mobility startup said in a press release on 7 December. Gavin joins Oxbotica having previously held senior leadership positions at Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The appointment is expected to help accelerate and scale the company’s commercial deployment of its autonomous vehicle software across multiple domains. “Oxbotica is on a mission to Make the Earth Move. Safely and sustainably unleashing the benefits of ...
    Dana appoints Timothy R. Kraus as SVP and CFO
    Dana has appointed Timothy R. Kraus as SVP and CFO, it said in a press release on 1 December. Kraus succeeds Jonathan Collins. Kraus most recently served as SVP of finance and treasurer in which he was responsible for Dana's global treasury operations, such as corporate liquidity and cash and risk management. Prior to joining Dana in 2010, Kraus held leadership roles with Intelsat S.A., Lear Corporation, and Ernst & Young. “Tim has been essential to the success of Dana's transformation ...
    Varroc Lighting appoints Christian Päschel as new CEO
    Varroc Lighting Systems​ appointed Christian Päschel as CEO, the company said in a press release on 3 November. Previously Christian Päschel was a member of the Executive Board and Head of Sales leading the Automotive Lighting Division. Christian brings in more than 20 years of experience where he held senior management positions with a focus on strategic development and sales. Christian Päschel, CEO Varroc Lighting Systems said, "I am very pleased to have the confidence of the Group man...
    Velodyne Lidar announces appointment of Dr. Theodore L. Tewksbury as CEO
    According to a press release on PR Newswire dated 4 November, Velodyne Lidar announced the appointment of Theodore “Ted” L. Tewksbury, Ph.D., as CEO, effective 10 November 2021. “We are pleased to welcome Ted to the Velodyne team. Ted’s extensive leadership experience in addition to engineering expertise make him an ideal candidate to lead Velodyne as we continue to lead the lidar industry with the most cutting-edge products and scalable manufacturing capacity,” said Micha...
    Wejo appoints Lawrence Burns to board of directors ahead of transaction with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp.
    Wejo appoints Lawrence Burns to its Board of Director, it said in a press release on 26 October. The appointment will take affect post the business combination with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp. Lawrence D. Burns joins the Wejo’ diversified board of members that will serve critical areas in the company’ business. The board entails members such as Non-executive directors include Timothy Lee, chairman of the Board and former EVP, Global Manufacturing, of General Motors and chairman of General ...
    Lidar Startup Cepton Technologies welcomes Brunno Moretti as Vice President of Product Marketing
    According to a press release published on Business Wire on October 18th, Cepton Technologies has appointed Brunno Moretti as Vice President of Product Marketing. Moretti will be based in Cepton's Detroit office and will be in charge of the company's ongoing product development to drive business growth in the automotive and smart infrastructure markets. Moretti will be responsible for extending Cepton's hardware roadmap to target applications in automotive ADAS (advanced driver assistance syst...
    PPG appoints Vincent Robin VP of global automotive coatings
    PPG has appointed Vincent Robin as VP, Global Automotive Coatings, it said in a press release on 11 October. Robin will lead the company’s strategy focusing on commercial growth for global automotive coatings. Robin joined PPG in 1987 and moved through the organization where he held vital positions that helped the company attain a strong approach and will now lead the global outlook focusing on PPG’s mobility initiatives catering to development of electric, autonomous, connected and share...
    Recaro Automotive appoints Nicole McElroy global VP of Product Development and Brand
    Recaro Automotive has appointed Nicole McElroy as Global VP of Product Development and Brand, it said in a press release on 11 October. Nicole’s new role will entail a wide array of responsibilities that include engagement of Global Sales, Marketing, Program Management and Product Engineering teams by developing and executing new products, business, and brand strategies along with verticals such as OEM, Aftermarket and Commercial Vehicle. The role can be seen Nicole establishing direct reporti...
    Bosch Engineering GmbH rejigs top leadership
    Automotive engineering and development service provider Bosch Engineering GmbH has restructured its top leadership team with effect from 1 October, the company said in a press release on 5 October. The company said that Dr. Johannes-Jörg Rüger, who will continue to serve as the president of Bosch Engineering GmbH, will now assume additional responsibility in the area of development. Meanwhile, continuing to serve as the EVP of Bosch Engineering GmbH, Dr.-Ing. Frank Schmidt will take over...
    Continental restructures business verticals, calls it market-oriented realignment
    German automotive component manufacturer Continental AG announced on 30 September that its Supervisory Board has approved the Group’s restructuring with a focus on market developments and customer requirements. “The Executive Board decided on the organizational changes in September 2021 in view of the transformation of the mobility industry,” the company said in a statement, adding that ‘following the successful spin-off of Vitesco Technologies in mid-September 2021 and the decision t...
    TI Fluid Systems appoints Hans Dieltjens as its new president and CEO
    Global supplier of automotive fluid systems, TI Fluid Systems has appointed Hans Dieltjens as its new president and chief executive officer with effect from 1 October 2021, the company said in a press release on 21 September. Hans will succeed William L. Kozyra, who will retire on 1 October and step down from the Board of Directors. The company said that Hans will assume this leadership role at a strategically important time when it is implanting its electric vehicle strategy and working to r...
    Schaeffler AG appoints Claus Bauer as CFO
    German automotive component supplier Schaeffler AG has appointed Claus Bauer, 55, as the chief financial officer (CFO), under a two-year contract with effect from 1 September, the company had announced on 31 August. It said that Bauer, who succeeds Klaus Patzak will be responsible for finance and information technology. Meanwhile, Patzak left the company at his own request with effect from 31 July, Schaeffler said in its official note. The company further added that the Board of managing d...
    Lidar startup Baraja appoints veterans as VPs of R&D and engineering
    According to a press release on PRNewswire dated 15 September, Baraja, creator of the Spectrum-Scan™ lidar technology for autonomous vehicles, has expanded its leadership team with photonics and automotive technology veterans Yannick K Lize, as VP of research and development (R&D), and Pieter Kerstens, as VP of engineering. "Yannick and Pieter are both experts in bringing cutting-edge photonics technologies from research to commercial scale quickly and will help furt...
    Pirelli CFO Francesco Tanzi to leave company at the end of 2021
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced on 7 September via a press release that CFO Francesco Tanzi had tendered his resignation and would be leaving the company on 31 December to pursue a new professional experience. Tanzi, EVP at Pirelli, started his career at the company in 1989 as a junior professional in the Export Financing Unit. After a career working in Pirelli’s Financial Planning Department, in the International Treasury in Basel and finally in ex-subsidiary Telecom Itali...
    American Battery Metals Corp. appoints current CTO Ryan Melsert as its new CEO
    American Battery Metals Corporation (ABTC), an American lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling technology and advanced battery metal extraction company, announced on 30 August the appointment of current company CTO Ryan Melsert as its new CEO. According to the company’s press release, Melsert brings over 20 years of technology development and business expertise to his new position. Melsert, who holds a graduate degree in Engineering and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology joined...
    Bosch Chassis Systems expert Liming Chen joins AI chip startup Horizon Robotics
    Horizon Robotics, a Beijing-based domestic chip supplier, announced on 1 September that it had appointed Liming Chen, formerly head of the Bosch Chassis Control System R&D Center, as president of the company. According to iNews, the founder and CEO of Horizon Robotics, Kai Yu, welcomed Chen to the company, saying, "Dr. Liming Chen is a well-respected technical expert and industry leader in the industry. He focuses on the world and understands the development ...
    EV maker Lordstown Motors appoints Daniel Ninivaggi as CEO
    Electric light-duty truck supplier Lordstown Motors Corporation has announced that its board of directors has appointed Daniel A. Ninivaggi as CEO and as a member of the board. According to a press release issued on 26 August, Ninivaggi took charge on the same day. Prior to this appointment, Ninivaggi was the former CEO of Icahn Enterprises L.P. and has served in a variety of leadership positions in the automotive and transportation industries, including companies suc...
    Faraday Future appoints Brian Krolicki as chairman of its Board of Directors
    California-based shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc., has announced that Board member Brian Krolicki has been appointed as chairman for the company’s newly formed Board of Directors. According to a press release issued by Faraday Future on 17 August, the company stated that its nine-member Board of Directors was appointed upon the closing of the business combination between Faraday Future and Property Solutions Acquisition Corp., a special...
    Inalfa roof systems appoints Linda Gao as CEO
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 31 August, Inalfa Roof Systems, a global leader in the automotive industry based in the Netherlands, announced the immediate appointment of Linda Gao as the company's new president and CEO. Gao took over as president and CEO of the company in May 2021, succeeding Jörg Buchheim on an interim basis. "I am honored to lead the global Inalfa organization and continue working with our talented people, suppliers and customers across the globe...
    Continental appoints Hans-Jorg Feigel as head of strategy and future solutions
    German automotive component major Continental has appointed Hans-Jörg Feigel as head of strategy and future solutions for autonomous mobility and safety (AMS) business vertical, the company said in a press release on 31 August. Feigel, 62, who takes over his new role with effect from 1 September 2021, also becomes a member of the management board of AMS, the company said. He succeeds Ralph Lauxmann, 57, who has moved on to take over the overall management lead for a customer project wit...
    Ricardo appoints Graham Ritchie as new CEO
    UK-based engineering services provider Ricardo plc has appointed Graham Ritchie as its new CEO, the company said in a press announcement on 26 August. Ritchie, who takes over the new position on 1 October 2021, replaces the outgoing CEO Dave Shemmans, who is stepping down from the Board after 16 years on 30 September 2021, Ricardo said in an official statement. The company said that Ritchie has a proven track record in leading large divisions within listed companies and is well placed to e...
    Kongsberg Automotive appoints Christian Amsel as CTO
    Zurich-based auto component supplier Kongsberg Automotive has appointed Dr. Christian Amsel as chief technology officer (CTO), who taken charge of the position with effect from 1 August 2021, the company said in a press release on 18 August. It added that Dr Amsel’s appointment is to support the company’s continuous growth and innovation strategy. “As CTO, Christian will oversee Kongsberg Automotive’s technology portfolio, and be responsible for new innovations and acquisitions. He...
    Nexteer appoints Robin Milavec as president, announces other leadership changes
    Automotive steering components and motion control systems supplier, Nexteer Automotive, has announced that it has appointed Robin Milavec as President in addition to his current role as the company’s global CTO, chief strategy officer and executive board director. According to a press release issued by Nexteer on 17 August, Tao Liu, Nexteer’s president and global COO, has retired effective 15 August. Furthermore, Bill Quigley, the company’s CFO, has also announced his retireme...
    Romeo Power appoints Susan Brennan as president and CEO
    EV charging solutions supplier, Romeo Power, has announced that it has named Susan Brennan as its President and CEO. According to a press release issued by Romeo Power on 6 August, the company stated that Ms. Brennan will take over the reins of the company effective 16 August 2021. She most recently held the role of COO at Bloom Energy Corporation, an energy solutions business focused on decarbonization. Her expertise lies in key areas including operations, strategy and manufacturing. Prior t...
    Velodyne Lidar appoints Michael Dee as chairman
    Velodyne Lidar has appointed Michael Dee as chairman of the board, it said in a press release on 2 August. Dee replaces Joseph B. Culkin who will step down as chairman due to health reasons. Dee was the CFO of PureCycle Technologies. Dee was also the senior advisor to the president for Finance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. “In 2020, using our proven technology, we manufactured and shipped almost 12,000 lidar units with revenues of over USD95 million while most of our competit...
    Ford hires M&A veteran to drive inorganic growth in electrification, new business
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer, Ford Motor Company has hired a corporate merger and acquisition (M&A) veteran, Doug Power, 52, to accelerate its Ford+ plan for securing growth in electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity and innovative services, the company said in a press announcement on 19 July. Power has joined Ford in June in the newly created position of VP, Corporate Development, the company said. “He and his team are charged with developing, sustaining, and carrying out an am...
    General Motors appoints Kent Helfrich to lead Global R&D and GM Ventures
    American vehicle manufacturer, General Motors has appointed Kent Helfrich as VP, Global Research and Development, CTO, and president of its investment arm, GM Ventures, the company said in a press announcement on 27 July. Helfrich, who currently serves as executive director, Advanced Technology and Partnerships at GM, will take on his new role from 1 August. He replaces Matt Tsien, who has elected to retire after 45 years with the company, GM said in an official statement. “As we pursue ...
    Canoo appoints Josette Sheeran as president
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, Canoo, has announced that it has named its board member, Ambassador Josette Sheeran as the company’s president. According to a press release issued by the company on 26 July, Ms. Sheeran has been appointed as President of Canoo with effect from the same day onward, after having joined the Canoo Board of Directors in December 2020. She also served as a member of the Canoo Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee until ...
    Konect Ai appoints Jerry Salerno as president
    Konect Ai, a leader in automotive artificial intelligence, announced the addition of Jerry Salerno as president as they expand further into the North American automotive industry, according to a press release on Business Wire dated 23 July. The innovative technology firm has expanded its workforce to meet the increased demand for its superior and user-friendly artificial intelligence for dealer lead management and data reengagement. Jerry Salerno's addition will undoubtedly be critical t...
    Velodyne Lidar CEO Anand Gopalan to step down
    According to a Reuters press release dated 19 July, Velodyne, a leading manufacturer of lidar laser sensors, announced that Dr. Anand Gopalan has informed the Board of Directors that he will step down as CEO and a member of the Board on 30 July 2021. In conjunction with this announcement, the Board of Directors established the Office of the Chief Executive (OCE), which includes several members of Velodyne's senior leadership team. Dr. Joseph B. Culkin, PhD, Chairman of Velodyne Lidar’s...
    Lidar startup AEye appoints Hod Finkelstein as chief R&D officer
    According to a press release published on Business Wire on 26 June, AEye, the global leader in active, high-performance LiDAR solutions, has appointed Hod Finkelstein as Chief R&D Officer. Finkelstein, a technology and business veteran, brings extensive experience leading the development and commercialization of strategic and disruptive technologies such as LiDAR. “I am delighted to join the AEye team and to play a key role in advancing AEye’s disruptive LiDAR system,” said Finkelst...
    Dana appoints Byron Foster president of Light Vehicle Drive Systems business
    American automotive components supplier, Dana Inc., has announced that it has appointed Byron Foster as the president of its Light Vehicle Drive Systems business. According to a press release issued by Dana on 28 June, the Ohio-based company stated that Foster will succeed Bob Pyle, who announced that he will be leaving Dana, effective 9 July, to accept a CEO position outside the mobility industry. Prior to this new appointment, Foster served as Dana's SVP and chief commercial, marketing...
    Continental appoints Gilles Mabire as CTO of Automotive Technologies
    Continental has appointed Gilles Mabire as the chief technology officer (CTO) of its Automotive Technologies group sector, the company said in a press release on 23 June. He is set to take up his role latest by 1 January 2022. Mabire will replace Dirk Abendroth, who is leaving the company by the end of June. Michael Hülsewies, head of Architecture and Software, will serve as the interim CTO. Mabire is currently responsible for the Commercial Vehicles and Services business unit at Continental. ...
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