Continental is expanding its new mobility and intelligent transport business (Photo: Continental)

Ralf Lenninger has taken over as head of Continental’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) business, succeeding Seval Oz, a high-profile former Google executive the German automotive supplier recruited in 2014. Oz has now left the company.

Lenninger, previously senior vice president of Continental’s Interior Electronic Solutions (IES) business, assumed his new duties October 1. He will be based both in Germany, where Continental is headquartered, and in Silicon Valley.

Continental also said Werner Koestler, head of the interior division’s strategy department, has added strategy and business development for mobility services to his responsibilities.

"The trend toward digitalization is opening up a new market for mobility services,” Continental executive board member Helmut Matschi said in a statement. “We see major opportunities for our accelerated, profitable growth in this market."

Most automakers are adding mobility services as a new business area and suppliers are evolving to offer new technologies and systems to cater to the growing trend.

Nextto a broad of traditional automotive systems and components, Continental builds platforms that offer advanced traffic management, intelligent payment systems, maintenance management and road safety. It also offers the “Continental Cloud,” which helps vehicles see around corners, using data hosted there.

Karsten Michels, who joined Continental earlier this year, has taken over Lenninger’s role as head of Systems & Technology in Continental’s interior division. Before joining the supplier, Michels held management positions at Volkswagen Group, Magna and Siemens.