Starting December 1, Aruna Anand will become the new president and CEO of Continental Automotive Group Sector in North America.
Aruna is a 25-year veteran of the Automotive industry as she joined Continental in 1997 helding numerous leadership positions across the different business areas of the company. She was Head of Software for Gasoline Engine and Transmissions Systems for the Electronic Controls business unit within the company’s then Powertrain division. She also led the Wireless Product Group Engineering within the Connected Car Networking business unit of Continental’s Vehicle Networking and Information business area. She was also responsible for leading Continental Engineering Services, an independently operating business unit that offers comprehensive engineering services.
Besides being CEO and president, at the same time, Aruna will also retain her current role as Head of the Architecture and Networking business area for the North American region of Continental Automotive. In this role, Anand is responsible for all global architecture and networking business activities that support customers based out of North America.
“Aruna brings an outstanding combination of experience and talent to the President and CEO Automotive North America position,” said Nikolai Setzer, CEO, Continental AG. “She is a respected leader and is a technical expert in many areas that are the focus of our future growth. Aruna’s dedication to our customers and our employees will help guide the success of Continental in the important North American market.”
“It is an honor to be selected as Automotive President and CEO for North America,” Anand said. “I look forward to leading our talented team toward a bright future and providing our customers with leading technological solutions.”
More on her experience
Anand earned her master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Oakland University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University, in Chennai, India. In 2020, she was recognized by Automotive News as one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive industry. In 2018, she was given the Automotive News Rising Star award. She was also recently recognized at the Women of Color Awards Gala and received the Professional Achievement in Industry award.