Continental appoints new managing director for its Engineering Services unit
Continental has appointed Christoph Falk-Gierlinger as the new Managing Director of Continental Engineering Services starting on July 1, 2020.
The mechatronics engineer, who also holds a doctorate in computer sciences, succeeds Bernd Neitzel, who is retiring after more than fourteen years at the helm of the development service provider and after a total of 37 years with Continental.
The 47-year-old joins Continental after working for engineering service provider Alten. He began his career in 1998 at Bosch, where he held various management positions in Vienna and Stuttgart. After a two-year stint at the French automotive supplier Valeo in Paris, he returned to Stuttgart in 2013 to join MBtech. The new managing director brings extensive experience in software development, drive technologies and electromobility to Continental Engineering Services.
“We are very pleased to welcome Christoph Falk-Gierlinger as Managing Director of Continental Engineering Services, thus continuing the successful work of his predecessor Bernd Neitzel,” said Dirk Abendroth, Chief Technology Officer Automotive at Continental, commenting on the change in management. “As the new Managing Director, he is taking over a company that is optimally positioned both technologically and financially and will be able to further expand a unique competitive position: With the entire technology pool of the Continental parent company behind him, coupled with the creativity and agility of small engineering teams, Continental Engineering Services has established itself as a sought-after innovation partner for individual, tailor-made solutions for the mobility of the future. Christoph Falk-Gierlinger will continue to advance the company with his expertise in alternative drives, driver assistance systems, electromobility and networking, particularly in the central areas of automated driving, connectivity and electrification. In addition, diversification into new industries will also expand the global footprint.”