Axel Schmidt (Photo: Accenture)

Axel Schmidt is taking over from Luca Mentuccia as head of Accenture's global automotive business, effective immediately.

Schmidt, 51, previously was in charge of European automotive operations for the global management consultants.

"I'm looking forward to continue the development started by Luca," Schmidt said.

He also warned that car companies should be prepared for a massive transformation."The auto industry is facing the biggest change in its history," he said. "In 15 years you will not recognize the industry."

Schmidt is one of the speakers at the Sept 20 carIT Congress hosted by the automotiveIT Group during the Frankfurt Auto Show. More information on the conference is at: