WETZLAR, Germany or DEER PARK, Ill., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Johann Hiebl will take over management of the Infotainment & Connectivity business unit of Continental's Interior Division on December 1, 2012. The business unit is based in Deer Park, Ill. with development and production locations in North and South America, Asia and Europe. At these locations, experts work on radios, multimedia systems and telematics units. Hiebl brings over 30 years of experience in automotive electronics to his new role. He began working in the Body & Security business unit in 1985 where he developed products in the area of body control modules and later worked on the launch of direct tire pressure monitoring systems. After holding various management positions in the business unit in Europe and the USA, he took over management of the Asian customer segment in Body & Security for several years in Japan. Most recently, Hiebl has been head of a customer segment at the business unit Infotainment & Connectivity since 2011.
Since the 1950s, Continental and its predecessor companies have been supplying radios to automotive manufacturers all around the world. The company has been a trendsetter in the field of navigation and multimedia systems since 1994. Continental also has a long history in vehicle networking with more than 24 million telematic units produced worldwide. Current products range from factory-fitted hands-free systems and telematic units through simple radios to multimedia systems with internet connection and touch-screen operation. In 2011, Continental celebrated the delivery of its one millionth radio navigation system to Volkswagen. In 2012, production was launched for a new infotainment system for various Fiat and Chrysler vehicle models. The start of production of the first infotainment system based on the Genivi standards for another European vehicle manufacturer is planned for late 2014.
With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 170,000 employees in 46 countries.