Hanover, Germany – July 3, 2018
The technology company, automotive supplier and premium tire manufacturer Continental has named new members to the top management of its Business Area Tires. Christian Koetz (48) now leads the global business unit Commercial Vehicle Tires. He reports in this function to Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Business Area Tires. The Head of Commercial Vehicle Tires in the Americas, Paul Williams, remains in his role and reports to Koetz.
Koetz is the successor of Dr. Andreas Esser (59), who is taking over the lead of the business region Asia Pacific Truck Tire at Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He will report to Christian Koetz.
Koetz’s former position as Head of the business unit Passenger and Light Truck Replacement Tires EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) is taken over by Philipp von Hirschheydt (43), whose former position as Head of Passenger and Light Truck Replacement Tires APAC (Asia Pacific Region) is filled by Ferdinand Hoyos (41). Von Hirschheydt and Hoyos will also report directly to Nikolai Setzer.
Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Business Area Tires, explains the background to these changes: “The goal of these personnel changes is to make use of the extensive international and functional expertise these individuals have gained in their long careers, and so strengthen our global team in order to satisfy even better the needs of customers in terms of excellence and speed. This is an important element of our long-term growth strategy ‘Vision 2025’.”
Christian Koetz led the business unit Passenger and Light Truck Replacement Tires EMEA since June 2011. In addition, he was President of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) from January 2015 to December 2017. From 2006 to 2011, Koetz worked as Senior Vice President in the central Research and Development department of Continental in Hanover, Germany. Prior to this, he held several functions in Original Equipment departments for Passenger and Light Truck Tires in North America and Hanover.
Philipp von Hirschheydt was appointed Head of Passenger and Light Truck Replacement Tires APAC in April 2015. Prior to this, from June 2012 to March 2015, he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Continental Tire Andina in Ecuador. From 2009 to 2012, he held several positions within the Fuel Supply business unit (today: Fuel & Exhaust Management) in Dortmund, Germany. Previously, von Hirschheydt was Project Manager in Continental’s Mergers & Acquisitions department in Hanover.
Ferdinand Hoyos was CEO of the Andina region (Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador) from February 2015 to the end of June 2018. Prior to this, he was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Real Estate Management in Hanover. From 2006 to 2011, Hoyos was Manager of Mergers & Acquisitions at Continental. Previously, he worked as a consultant in the field of strategy and corporate finance.
One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion in 2020 and currently employs around 235,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The Tires business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted preliminary sales of €10.2 billion in 2020 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.