Continental’s Tyre Division Unveils Three New Business Unit Heads

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Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Tyre Division.
Continental is reorganizing the top management of its Tyre Division with a number of movements announced.

Firstly, this sees Christian Koetz (48) leading the business unit Commercial Vehicle Tyres and reports in this function to Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Tyre Division.

Koetz’ former position as Head of the business unit Passenger and Light Truck Replacement Tyres 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 Tyres APAC (Asia Pacific Region) is filled by Ferdinand Hoyos (41).

Von Hirschheydt and Hoyos will also report directly to Nikolai Setzer. Koetz is the successor of Dr. Andreas Esser (59), who is becoming the lead of the business region Asia Pacific Truck Tyre at Continental Commercial Vehicle Tyres in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He will report to Christian Koetz.

Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Tyre Division, 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’.”

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.

Contact: richardjwilson@btconnect.com

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