- The former head, Karl Haupt, will leave Continental after more than 36 years on July 31, 2020
- Frank Petznick takes over the management of the business unit from August 1, 2020
- Member of the Executive Board Frank Jourdan: “Frank Petznick will work with his team to drive forward our ambitious growth plans with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.”
Frankfurt (Germany), July 3, 2020. Frank Petznick (49) will take over the management of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit at Continental and become a member of the Management Board of the Autonomous Mobility and Safety business area on August 1, 2020. The electrical engineering graduate will follow Karl Haupt (63), who is leaving the company on July 31, 2020 after almost seven years at the helm of the business unit and over 36 years company service. Petznick, who already joined the technology company on July 1, has many years of experience in both the automotive and automotive supplier industries. Most recently as a member of the Electronics Executive Board at Hella, he was responsible for the global Automated Driving Product Center. He started his career in 1998 at Volkswagen as a project manager and later as a project leader for electronic systems. In 2003, he moved to development service provider Bertrandt, where he worked for five years in various management positions in the field of electronics and infotainment. From 2008 onwards, Petznick held managerial roles at Hella on a regional and global basis, located in Shanghai (China) and Berlin. The new head of the business unit will bring many years of experience with innovative, new technologies in the fields of electronics and sensor technology to Continental. In his role, Frank Petznick reports to Frank Jourdan, Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG and Head of the Autonomous Mobility and Safety business area.
"I am delighted that, with Frank Petznick, we have been able to gain an experienced manager in the field of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving, who along with his team will continue his predecessor’s successful work and continue to drive forward our ambitious growth plans," says Frank Jourdan. "At the same time, we would like to sincerely thank Karl Haupt for his outstanding contributions and achievements and wish him all the best for the future."
During his time at Continental, Karl Haupt held various management positions in several business units and corporate functions. Under his leadership, sales in the field of advanced driver assistance systems increased five-fold in the period from 2013 to 2019. With sales of 2 billion euros in the year 2019, Continental has assumed a leading position in the field of assisted driving.
Sensors, software and intelligent connectivity form the basis of advanced driver assistance systems. Technology company Continental began research on these systems more than 20 years ago. Continental operates its own development centers and production sites in the major regions of Europe, America and Asia, allowing it to offer customized solutions to its customers. Continental’s customers include many national and international manufacturers as well as all mass manufacturers worldwide.