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Christian Kötz to lead Continental’s Tire Division

Christian Kötz  to lead Continental’s Tire Division

Continental AG announced the one of the largest organisational changes in the technology company’s history with some significant personnel decisions at the executive board level.

As a result of these decisions, Christian Kötz , who heads the Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit, has been appointed as head of the Tire division and Corporate Purchasing. Kötz will assume his new role on April 1, 2019, as well. His appointment will run for three years until the end of March 2022.

Executive Board member Nikolai Setzer, who is responsible for the Tire division and Corporate Purchasing, will switch to Continental’s Automotive Group on April 1, 2019. Here, he will assume the new position of spokesman for the Automotive Board and will be in charge of maintaining a unified business strategy in this area.

“We wish all members of the Executive Board, and the new team member Christian Kötz in particular, the best of luck in tackling the challenges facing the company now and in the future,” said Chairman of the Supervisory Board Professor Wolfgang Reitzle.

Christian Kötz studied engineering management and joined Continental’s Tire division as a trainee back in 1996. He was later responsible for key account management for the Original Equipment in North America, and then for research and development. From 2011 to 2018, he headed the Passenger and Light Truck Tires replacement business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He took over the top position at the Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit in July 2018. From 2015 to the end of 2017, he was also president of ETRMA, the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association.

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