Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, automotiveIT International explains the evolving shape of the organization.
Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains to automotiveIT International how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across purchasing, production, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.
The BMW IT Technology Innovation and Research Center in the US is both a research lab and closely aligned to the carmaker’s production in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Bennie Vorster, who leads special projects there, talks to automotiveIT International about industrializing new tech, and making sure AI assists workers.
Vijay Ratnaparkhe is the new CIO of Robert Bosch, succeeding Elmar Pritsch, who has taken on new responsibilities at the large German automotive supplier group.
Former Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld has been appointed global chief executive of Los Angeles-based Faraday Future (FF), strengthening the management ranks of the Chinese-owned electric-vehicle company and potentially improving its chances of bringing to market its flagship FF 91 model.
Krause, the founder and chief executive officer of electric vehicle startup Canoo (formerly Evelozcity), is stepping down temporarily as the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board for family reasons as the company prepares to unveil first model.
As part of a new and expanded brand IT function under Sebastian Grams, Seat is combining a number of digital initiatives in Barcelona, including new digital processes and mobility concepts.
Oliver Zipse, who has been in charge of BMW’s manufacturing operations since 2015, will become CEO of the German premium car group August 16.
Karl-Thomas Neumann is leaving the management team of Canoo, the electric vehicle startup previously known as Evelozcity.
Ultima Media launches B2B automotive data, insight and intelligence unit with Automotive Analyst appointment
Daniel Harrison has been appointed Automotive Analyst at Ultima Media, the B2B media business which owns a portfolio of brands and channels including automotiveIT International, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News.
Ford’s European smart mobility boss, Sarah-Jayne Williams, explains how a last-mile delivery pilot project yielded several positive insights
Former Volkswagen Group CDO Johann Jungwirth is leaving the German carmaker, according to a report in the newspaper Welt Am Sonntag.
In this video, Mercedes-Benz Cars’ head of IT for sales and marketing has big plans for connected services, development speed and cloud-based mobility.
Sabine Scheunert and her digitalONE team for sales and marketing IT are expanding customer touchpoints through apps and digital features, including vehicle-connected services through Mercedes me and new mobility services – all of it supported by an open architecture, artificial intelligence and cloud capabilities.
In this video, BMW’s board member for customer, brands and sales reveals big investment in connected technology to improve customer experiences and transform the carmaker’s business model.
Automotive IT and digital veteran Mamatha Chamarthi took on the chief information officer role at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April – and she may be set to lead key elements of its digital transformation at a critical time.
Ola Kaellenius, Daimler’s new CEO will have to prove that he has the right skillset to run the world’s biggest premium car maker and move at digital speed to transform the company into a mobility services provider and one that excels at developing software.
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Roland Villinger, until recently Audi’s chief digital officer, has taken on a new role within the Volkswagen Group as head of strategic projects.
The vehicle manufacturer has a dedicated IT organisation in Greater China, led by Stefan Eberhardt, which is focusing on front-end development, improving digital customer experiences and benefiting from the country’s huge tech and startup scene – all of it strategic to Daimler and Mercedes-Benz growth in the world’s largest market.