As a leading technology company Continental is constantly evaluating its existing product portfolio and pursuing future, next-level technological innovation. The driving force for those endeavors is the Corporate Technology Officer and his Corporate Systems & Technology organization. Since 2016 Kurt Lehmann has been the CTO for Continental, based in Frankfurt, Germany. His organization shapes the direction and vision of Continental’s future technology and innovation portfolio in order to maintain Continental´s role as a global technology leader. Lehmann reports directly to Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the Executive Board.
Enhancement of Continental’s power of innovation
The CTO’s 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. Kurt Lehmann is a central contact for customers and business partners on strategic technological and innovation matters worldwide. The diverse tasks of the CTO include the enhancement of Continental’s innovative power. This is pursued by technology trend scouting centered on the future-related fields of artificial intelligence, automation, electrification, connectivity, wireless technologies, and new mobility services for future products, services and solutions.
Lehmann, who began his career at Continental in 1986 working in development in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.A., has been leading Corporate Systems & Technology since January, 2016.