automotiveIT CongressWolfgang Ziebart, engineering director at Jaguar Land Rover, will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural automotiveIT International Congress in London.

As the former CEO of German chip maker Infineon, Ziebart is ideally placed to discuss the strengthening ties between automakers and the high-tech industry. Since Ziebart joined JLR in July, the British premium car maker has announced a broad cooperation with Intel to jointly develop next-generation infotainment technologies. JLR, which is owned by India's Tata Group, is also opening a specialized r&d facility in Portland Oregon.

Connected mobility will be the focus of the automotiveIT International Congress, which will be held in London July 1-2, 2014. It will be the first international event staged by the automotiveIT Group, which publishes German and English-language print and online publications. In the past five years, automotiveIT has established itself at the center of a community that brings together executives from the automotive and IT industries as they work on the next evolution of personal mobility.

The German-language automotiveIT magazine covers IT issues in the auto industry, while carIT magazine focuses on the connectivity and infotainment trends redefining the car. The automotiveIT Group stages annual conferences in Hanover and Frankfurt on both topics.

With the automotiveIT International Congress and its theme "Connected Mobility 3.0 - IT moves the Auto Industry," the group continues its international growth, which started three years ago with the automotiveIT.com Web site and continued in 2012 with the launch of the monthly automotiveIT international Executive Report.

Speaker lineup

In London, Ziebart will join other senior-level speakers from the world's major automakers, who will review how their companies are embracing the digital revolution. In addition, decision-makers from automotive suppliers and IT service providers will speak about the rapidly changing automotive supply chain.

Next to Ziebart, confirmed speakers include:

  • Patrick Hoffstetter, Renault's chief digital officer
  • Norbert Braendli, who handles the IT side of Audi's sales and marketing
  • Thomas Mueller, Volvo's vice president electrical and electronic systems,
  • Ralf Lenninger, senior Continental executive deeply involved in the supplier's push to bring autonomous driving to market.
  • Chris Harris, marketing & customer director at British car retailer H.R. Owen
  • Arnd Ellinghorst, head of the global automotive research team at ISI, a US-based research, sales and trading group.
Ellinghorst will provide his perspective on the business and financial-market potential inherent in new automotive technologies. The analyst joined ISI in 2013 from Credit Suisse and in 2012 was in second place in a ranking of the best automotive analysts by Thomson Reuters Excel.

Speakers from General Motors, Ford, BMW, Toyota and several other carmakers are expected to be confirmed shortly.

The conference, which will take place at the futuristic Siemens Crystal in the London Docklands, will include a visit to Audi City in London as well as two panel sessions, one on connected retail and one on the big-data opportunities for the car industry.

The automotiveIT international Congress is the premier European event to look at the convergence of IT and the auto industry from a strategic perspective. Said automotiveIT Group Publisher Dominik Ortlepp: "With IT becoming ever more important to the auto industry, we're looking forward to a Congress that will help define the next exciting stages of development for these increasingly interconnected industries."