Digital Leader Interviews

  • Opel.automotiveIT
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    Interview: Opel's Neumann is committed to affordability

    2014-10-21T06:21:01Z

    Neumann became CEO of Opel in March, 2014 (Photo: GM) With a new CEO, a revamped strategic plan and a strengthened commitment from parent General Motors, Opel believes it is on the road to a sustained recovery. The European GM brand has for years suffered losses and weak sales, ...

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    GM CIO Mott is confident IT transformation making progress

    2014-06-04T07:26:09Z

    GM CIO Randy Mott spoke at the Hanover automotiveIT Congress in March (Photo: Larry Peplin) More than halfway into a massive three-year project to transform IT at General Motors, Randy Mott is confident he's making progress. The CIO, who joined the largest North American carmaker in February, 2012, cites ...

  • Willi Diez.automotiveIT
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    Diez: "Times are getting tougher" for auto industry

    2013-08-20T12:53:51Z

    Diez says electric mobility needs to become more fashionable (Photo: Claus Dick) Veteran industry observer Willi Diez said the car market in Germany and Europe won't likely pick up anytime soon. "The times are definitely getting tougher," Diez said in an interview with automotiveIT. The economist, who runs the ...

  • vw hofmann.automotiveIT
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    AutomotiveIT Newsletter: An interview with VW CIO Martin Hofmann

    2013-02-03T17:36:53Z

    CIO Hofmann wants Volkswagen to have the best IT in the auto industry (Photo: Claus Dick) After a decade working for the Volkswagen Group in various positions, Martin Hofmann became CIO of Europe's largest carmaker a year ago. He took on the position at a time when VW is ...

  • Ford Mascarenas.automotiveIT
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    In this month's Executive Newsletter: Ford's Paul Mascarenas

    2012-12-30T13:44:25Z

    Paul Mascarenas (Photo: Larry A. Peplin) As chief technology officer, Paul Mascarenas is a key player in Ford Motor's long-term strategic ambitions. Mascarenas, a 30- year veteran of the US based global automotive giant, helps define, research and implement the broad array of new technologies that Ford wants and ...

  • ford john ginder.automotiveIT
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    Ford's big data chief helps with "heavy lifting"

    2012-10-19T13:06:01Z

    Ford's John Ginder uses new data analysis techniques to help Ford's operations (Photo: Ford) John Ginder, who runs the big-data operations of Ford Motor, sees his role as allowing the carmaker”˜s operating units to solve their problems with the help of IT. "We look for opportunities where organizations don't ...

  • audi ulbrich.automotiveIT
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    New CIO, in interview, sees importance of IT growing at Audi

    2012-10-19T12:26:37Z

    Mattias Ulbrich became Audi CEO in February, 2012 (Photo: automotiveIT) Mattias Ulbrich has been CIO at Audi AG in Ingolstadt since February 2012. In an interview with automotiveIT, he talks about his current duties as a process integrator, the new era of collaboration with the company”˜s other divisions, and ...

  • sanjay rishi jci-automotiveIT
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    Interview: JCI's automotive CIO on course to meet global targets

    2012-04-30T13:33:44Z

    Sanjay Rishi is CIO and group vice president, information technology, at Automotive Experience, the biggest division of US-based Johnson Controls. Rishi runs a global IT operation with between 400 and 500 people worldwide, not including a "partner ecosystem" of companies that provide a broad range of IT services to JCI.The ...

  • volvo jacoby.automotiveIT
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    In interview, Volvo's CEO says less is more in infotainment

    2012-01-19T16:27:39Z

    Volvo CEO Jacoby shows the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept at the Detroit auto show (Photo: Volvo) DETROIT -- Volvo Car CEO Stefan Jacoby believes the Swedish carmaker can compete with its premium rivals in the field of new automotive electronics systems by providing less, rather than more. "Consumers don't need ...

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    Interview: TRW's Engelhardt says powerful IT needed

    2011-12-05T10:55:01Z

    Rafael Engelhardt: TRW global director of information services (Photo: TRW) Rafael Engelhardt has reduced IT expenditures at US-based automotive supplier TRW by imposing a range of restrictions on, among other things, employees' use of smartphones.He also took action to curb expenses in other areas. That has helped bring down TRW's ...