Continental has appointed Dr Dirk Abendroth (43) as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the future Continental Automotive group sector effective January 1, 2019. By the end of next year, Continental will unite the technologies for autonomous driving and connected mobility in this sector. Abendroth will assume responsibility for the associated global research and development function. He currently works at Byton, based in Hong Kong and Santa Clara, California, the US. In his new role at Continental, he will function as the central contact for customers and business partners with regards to strategic technology and innovation in the Continental Automotive group sector and will report to CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart.
Dirk Abendroth has been responsible for the Powertrain and Autonomous Driving units at Byton since July 2016. His previous employers include BMW in Munich, Germany, where he led the development of electric drives, including drives for the i3 and i8 models.
“With Dirk Abendroth, we have enhanced our team with a proven and globally recognized manager for the creation of pioneering technologies for the automated and connected mobility of the future. We are looking forward to working with him and to enhancing our overarching strategies in these crucial growth areas for the automotive industry together,” said Degenhart.
As part of its automotive strategy, Continental’s priorities include technology trend scouting with a focus on future issues such as automation, zero accidents, connectivity and new mobility services.