Gilles Mabire has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Continental’s Automotive Technologies business division. He will take over as President of Continental’s Commercial Vehicles and Services business unit on January 1, 2022, succeeding Dr. Dirk Abendroth, who is leaving the firm at his own desire at the end of June 2021.
Michael Hülsewies (48), head of Architecture and Software, will temporarily take over supervision of the CTO organisation until Mabire takes up his position. Gilles Mabire will have finished significant projects within the framework of the transformation process he launched in the Commercial Vehicles and Services business unit, as well as Smart Mobility, by the time he begins his new post.
“We are looking forward to working with Gilles Mabire on the Automotive Board and to the joint and consistent implementation of our overall automotive strategy, with six clearly defined strategic action fields. With the ongoing technological transformation, the CTO organization under Gilles Mabire will play a central role in integrating and further developing these strategic action fields and to generate value-creating, scalable solutions for our customers. Ultimately, the automotive industry requires excellence in technology development to ensure even safer, cleaner, connected, and comfortable mobility from us,” said Setzer.
“In addition to his technological expertise, particularly in the areas of electronic vehicle architecture and software, Gilles Mabire brings with him a broad and exceptional understanding of customers. It is this special interface between customers and technology, combined with his experience of business unit management that will make him so valuable to Continental in his new role. I am also very grateful that Michael Hülsewies will provide support during the transition period with his drive, expertise, and enthusiasm. In him, we have an expert at Continental who is playing a major role in shaping and advancing the transformation of software and data-driven vehicle architectures as well as cross-domain platform strategies,” added Setzer.