New Delhi: Global automotive parts supplier Continental appointed Jean-François Tarabbia as head of Connected Car Networking (CCN) business unit within the Vehicle Networking and Information (VNI) business area on January 1, 2021.
Johann Hiebl, head of Infotainment and Connectivity and Body and Security business units of the company’s Interior division, was elevated to a new role as head of product transformation in VNI business.
Continental’s CCN business unit develops technologies and services to connect vehicles with the outside world securely and reliably, process and manage the vehicle data in new vehicle electric/electronic architectures, especially with its Body High-Performance Computer (Body HPC), and digitalise the access experience to the vehicle for maximum driver convenience.
The company has already received orders worth more than EUR4 billion for high-performance computers from automotive manufacturers.
In his new role, Tarabbia is responsible for body high-performance computers, as well as connectivity and access solutions for new centralised vehicle electric or electronic architectures.
In 1991, Tarabbia started his career as a software developer for Siemens VDO Automotive. Three years later, he took up the role of head of software development at Siemens VDO Automotive in both Regensburg, Germany and Toulouse, France. In 2000, he became head of the Body and Chassis division for France of Siemens VDO Automotive in Toulouse and again three years later, he advanced as Chief Operating Officer of the Body and Chassis division of Siemens VDO Automotive in Regensburg, Germany.
In 2006, Tarabbia moved to Hella where he took over as chief executive officer of its Electronic division and became a board member of Hella KGaA Hueck & Co in Lippstadt, Germany. In 2009, Tarabbia moved back to France and became CEO of Segula Technologies in Paris. In his most recent role as group senior vice president, he was responsible for innovation, research and development and product marketing at Valeo SA in Paris, France. With his transfer back to Continental, he is returning to his professional roots and will be able to bring his extensive experience to his role.
Hiebl headed the Infotainment and Connectivity and Body and Security business units of the Interior division throughout the company’s organisational realignment, whereupon these business units were merged into Connected Car Networking within Vehicle Networking and Information business area.
In his new role, Hiebl works to improve the existing expertise for the products and services needed to implement new vehicle architectures. In particular, the experience gained from the development of the high-performance computer, the so-called In-Car Application Server 1 (ICAS1), for Volkswagen’s ID series, forms the foundation for future mobility projects. This includes mastering the entire vehicle architecture from the component to the cloud, vertical and horizontal integration of functions and software modules, and efficient project management at the highest level of complexity.