Philippe GicquelGeneral Manager for Cockpit, Safety, Infotainment EE Modules
PSA Peugeot Citroën.
Philippe Gicquel has over 18 years experience in automotive engineering in several departments. He started his career in Sept 1992 in BIW& Equipment design department of Citroën where he has been in charge of doors, hood, tailgate design for "Xsara" model. He quit Citroën in 1996 and started for EDAG, a German company, specialized in automotive engineering. He was in charge of the French subsidiary of EDAG. At this time, EDAG designed as subcontractor the combi version of Peugeot 206. (206 SW) In September 2002, Philippe Gicquel went back to PSA Peugeot Citroën. After two years in charge of engine and road noise in the NVH department, he worked on vehicle development process and simulations tools, and then, in October 2006, started as General Manager for Safety and Durability Specifications and Tests. In Sept.2010, he took his actual position in Electrical and Electronic Systems Direction.
After graduating from "Ecole Centrale Paris" in June 1991, Philippe Gicquel worked for one year (as national duty) for French national agency in charge of atomic energy. (CEA)
Vice President and Secretary
Matt JonesTechnical Lead for Next Generation Infotainment
Jaguar Land Rover
Matt began his career in professional audio, before joining the automotive sector with Jaguar Land Rover in 2002. He led the deployment of rear seat entertainment and television across the range of vehicles, and was responsible for the relationship and launches of premium audio systems with Bowers & Wilkins and most recently Meridian Audio. Following on he has taken the lead on the Next Generation of Infotainment, managing the System Architecture teams and off-shore development centres. Outside of Jaguar Land Rover, Matt is a Chartered Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, being a member of both the IMechE and the IET.
Chairman of the Board
Graham SmethurstGeneral Manager, Infotainment and Communication Systems
Graham began his career in telecommunications, transferring to the automotive industry in 1989. During 11 years with Rover Group in the UK he was responsible for the successful delivery of many diverse projects ranging from embedded electronics to information technology solutions for vehicle diagnostics and electronic system design. From March 1998 to 2000 he was Head of Vehicle Information Systems at Rover Group. Following the sale of Rover by BMW Group in 2000 he transferred to BMW A.G in Munich to lead the development of the Car Communication Computer launched in the 5 series in 2003. Between 2003 and 2006 he led the team that defined the infotainment system launched in the new 7 series in 2008. Over the last 2 years he has been the BMW Group representative in an industry collaboration investigating the feasibility of alternative approaches to the delivery of automotive infotainment solutions. The target of the collaboration being a method to ensure the sustainable delivery of consumer based infotainment functionality within the technical and commercial constraints of the automotive industry.
Joel Andrew HoffmannStrategic Market Development Manager, In-Vehicle Infotainment Group
Joel Hoffmann is the Business Strategist for Intel's expanding Automotive Solutions Division. In this capacity, he leads the strategic focus for next generation automotive use cases, providing direction for silicon development that applies to cars several years out. He is also responsible for driving the infotainment group toward a common vision, which includes spearheading Intel's founding charter relationship with GENIVI, a key part of that future environment. Within GENIVI, Hoffmann has been involved since inception, developed the original name and branding concepts, and provides a gateway to the $40B of diverse interests being driven by Intel to advance innovation.
Since joining Intel Corporation in 2000, Hoffmann has been instrumental in establishing an early incubation of connected vehicles for DaimlerChrysler, now Chrysler, by promoting standards-based software and open hardware alignment. This activity continues with his leadership of Intel's Connected Car vision.
With a background of sales, marketing and technical experience in automotive, telecommunications and consumer electronics, Hoffmann applies this diverse skill set to lead the GENIVI Marketing group, resulting in rapid growth of the alliance since launch.
Peter FörsterEmbedded Segment Marketing Manager – Automotive Lead
As the Marketing Lead for the Embedded Segment, Peter is responsible for the growth in deployment of all ARM’s technology into the Automotive embedded space. He leads a worldwide team that has a particular emphasis on functional safety, body and chassis control and EV/HEV/thermal management as well as how ARM’s technology can enable next generation IVI platforms. Prior to joining ARM in 2012, Peter was managing Automotive business with companies like Intel, Wind River, Microsoft and Garmin.
Peter likes to sail, ski, tinkering around in his high frequency lab, fixing his off-road gear or simply relaxing with an embedded quadcore ARM dev board. But he doesn’t get to do much of any of those as he has 2 young children and a wonderful wife that take up all his free time.
Dr. Thomas HollmannVice President R&D Infotainment and Connectivity
Continental Automotive GmbH
Thomas Hollmann is currently responsible for the global Engineering in the business unit Infotainment & Connectivity at Continental. In this business unit Continental develops and produces systems for all vehicle categories and all major customers globally. The product portfolio includes radios, connected radio & entry navigation, multimedia systems, embedded telematics units as well as device connectivity. He is working for Continental since 2011.
Thomas studied Electrical Engineering with a focus on communications technology at the University of Dortmund. There he wrote his dissertational thesis with a subject on improved television systems. In 1994 he began his career in the consumer electronics industry and joined THOMSON Multimedia leading for 5 years the development of algorithms and integrated circuits for signal processing in TV receivers to improve image quality. He moved to the automotive industry in 1999 when he started at Delphi. As engineering and site manager in the Mobile Multimedia design center and for the division Electronics & Safety he held several positions in the R&D organization also being responsible for Delphi’s navigation product development in Europe.
Roberto ZompiAdvanced Engineering Manager for Infotainment and Navigation
Roberto Zompi is the Advanced Engineering Manager for Infotainment and Navigation at Magneti Marelli. Roberto tracks market and technology trends and investigates new technologies to define the product roadmap strategy. He leads detached prototyping programs to build proofs of concept.
Roberto started in Telematic Services and Navigation 15 years ago in Magneti Marelli with responsibilities ranging from Product and Program Management to Innovation. He spent 4 years in Targasys, a Telematic Service provider, in charge of R&D management. In 2006 Roberto led the development of the first infotainment platform based on Linux in the Magneti Marelli Innovation department.
Prior to joining Magneti Marelli, Roberto was R&D manager at ISI, an Italian company dealing with inertial systems for defense and aerospace systems.
He earned a degree in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and a Masters degree in Software Engineering in Ivrea Olivetti Master School.
Alwin Bakkenes is the CEO of Pelagicore. Pelagicore develops and delivers software products and services for GENIVI compliant automotive infotainment systems and is engaged in the deployment of multiple GENIVI compliant products into production. With offices in Gothenburg and Munich, Pelagicore works with leading OEMs and Tier-1s for base platform, middleware and UX development.
Alwin joined Pelagicore from Volvo Car Corporation, where he was Director Driver Information and Infotainment for multiple product generations and held responsibility for strategy and development of all cockpit electronics including Instrument clusters, Infotainment Systems, Switches and HMI.
Prior to Volvo Cars, Alwin held leading positions in companies related to wireless services and Telematics such as WirelessCar and Smarttrust. Alwin holds a Masters degree in Knowledge Engineering and Information Technology from Middlesex University in the UK.
John LehmannSr. Marketing Manager, Embedded Automotive Solutions,
John Lehmann serves on the GENIVI Alliance Marketing Council and as Mentor's primary representative on the GENIVI Board of Directors. John has been successfully marketing to both consumers and businesses of all sizes for over 25 years, including over 20 years experience in UNIX (The Santa Cruz Operation) and Linux system software (MontaVista, Embedded Alley, and now Mentor Graphics) for enterprise computing, consumer electronics, wireless handsets and embedded devices. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dr. Andree ZahirVice President, Head of Engineering Business Unit AI (Automotive Navigation and Infotainment Systems)
Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH
Since 2011, Dr. Andree Zahir is the Head of Engineering responsible for the Business Unit Automotive Navigation and Infotainment (AI).
After graduation from Stuttgart University he did his Ph.D. in the area of photovoltaic systems engineering. Straight after receiving his Ph.D. Andree began his career in Product Management of Embedded Software at Robert Bosch subsidiary company ETAS where he developed real-time simulation systems and real-time operating system kernels for embedded control units. Andree was instrumental in writing the OSEK OS and OSEK TT-OS specifications within OSEK and ISO standardization.
In early 2002 he moved to Blaupunkt GmbH and took over the responsibility of advanced engineering and later of the Software development organization for Driver Information Systems. In his position he prepared and implemented the launch for one of the first OMAP based infotainment platforms.
From 2005 to 2010 he was Vice President at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions in India. In Bangalore Andre headed Bosch electronics and SW development activities for power train applications and was heavily engaged in getting the spin-off location jump started from 0 to 2000 engineers in only 4 years time.
Back at Robert Bosch Car Multimedia (CM) in 2010 he took over the domain responsibility for Software development as well as the project management at a CM key account.
Besides GENIVI he is board member of ADIT (Advanced Driver Information Technology), a multinational joint venture of DENSO and Bosch.
Kyle WalworthVice President, Automotive Solutions and Strategy
Kyle Walworth is the Vice President of Automotive Solutions and Strategy for Symphony Teleca, responsible for the global solution development and life-cycle management, product strategy and product planning. Walworth has been an active member of the GENIVI Alliance since its inception, as an Officer on the Board of Directors between 2009 and 2013.
Walworth has over 20 years of experience in automotive engineering and management. Prior to his current position, Walworth worked for Visteon Corporation as Associate Director of global hardware and software architectures. He was responsible for the designs of multiple product lines, including infotainment head units, instrument clusters, connectivity modules, analog/digital radios, climate control heads and amplifier systems. Walworth also managed the development of all infotainment-related subsystems including tuner and media. His background and experience provides a unique perspective on the complex electro-mechanical and software interactions in today's consumer electronic products.
Before joining Visteon, Walworth worked for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. At Ford, Walworth held positions in product development focusing on electric vehicle power supplies and interior electronics. At GM, he worked in product development for cruise controls, instrument clusters, mass airflow sensors, throttle bodies and exhaust systems.
Walworth holds bachelor degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (known today as Kettering University). He also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering - with a concentration in wireless and electro-magnetics - from Stanford University.
Manuel PereiraSenior Manager – Cockpit Electronics - Technical Sales - Europe
Manuel is a graduated Electronics Engineer, from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisboa, Portugal. Manuel started his career in a R&D Institute related with his University (INESC), working mainly in data communications and modulation solutions for data compression. Following this period, Manuel has worked in related areas, and changed his focus to Automation (Automatic Lines and Robotized Cells) and UNIX based CAD/CAM systems.
Manuel joined Ford in 1990, for the startup of the Electronics Plant in Palmela Portugal. Manuel's first assignment was related to the setup of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) infrastructure, and since then, he has held different assignments in Manufacturing, Equipment Engineering and Product Engineering.
In 2005, Manuel started an assignment in Visteon Germany, and since then, his main focus has been on Business Development with European OEM’s. In this role, Manuel has the responsibility of identifying and developing Business opportunities, with a strong Technical focus, in the scope of Cockpit Electronics products, from Advanced / Concept Development, to Technical Quote preparation.
Rainer OderManaging Director
XS Embedded GmbH
Rainer Oder began his professional career at XSYS, Germany during his university time at the Fachhochschule Furtwangen. After spending time in Scotland focusing on 3D real-time programming, Rainer returned to Germany to finish his Diploma and earn a Master of Science degree. Rainer joined HARMAN Automotive Division and worked as a Software Engineer and System Architect for navigation applications. He gained experience in the North American Market during his time in Detroit, where he managed the navigation department for North America. After his return to Germany, Rainer successfully directed major OEM programs and broad current state-of-the-art programs to market. Today, Rainer is a Managing Director at XS Embedded, Germany.