International technology company Continental, parent company of rubber and plastics specialist, ContiTech, recently appointed Kurt Lehmann as Corporate Technology Officer (CTO). Lehmann, who began his career at Continental in 1986 working in development in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, has been Continental’s Senior Vice President Corporate Systems & Technology since January 1, 2016. He reports directly to Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Chairman of the Executive Board.
The diverse tasks entrusted to the CTO primarily include enhancing Continental’s innovative prowess. To this end, the technology company is focusing, among other things, on technology trend scouting centered on the future-related fields of automation, electrification, connectivity, and new mobility services. This will also involve exploring the possibilities offered by artificial intelligence and new wireless technology across all business units, including new equipment or robotics for future products.
Other tasks include further developing research and development processes, methods and instruments in relation to embedded software and coordinating the ongoing optimization of Continental’s global research and development network.