Villingen-Schwenningen, February 2019: Continental has appointed Gilles Mabire as the new head of the Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket Business Unit (CVAM). Mabire, 46, will take over his new position on April 1, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Ruf, who is pursuing new opportunities outside Continental after having successfully led the business unit over the last 10 years. CVAM, which is part of the Interior Division, accommodates the specific requirements of the CV and special vehicle markets as well as the passenger car aftermarket. The business unit is also responsible for products relating to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which connect users and vehicles with the transport infrastructure, with a focus on services and new functions.
Mabire’s responsibilities will include commercial vehicle solutions for automated driving, fleet management and telematics, spare parts for the passenger car aftermarket and products and services for Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Gilles Mabire started his career in 1996 as a project engineer in France’s automotive supplier industry. In 2000, he joined Siemens VDO Automotive as a key account manager in the powertrain division. Three years later, he became System Project Manager in the Body & Security Business Unit for a major European automotive manufacturer. In 2006, he joined Siemens VDO in Rambouillet, which became part of Continental in 2009. Here he managed the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit activities for a major French car group. In 2010, he became head of Continental Automotive France, and in 2013 he assumed responsibility for all business with European car manufacturers in the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit. In 2018, he was additionally put in charge of all of the company’s activities in France.
Gilles Mabire has been with Continental for more than 10 years. He holds an electrical and mechanical engineering degree from the ESME Sudria Engineering School in Paris. Mabire has more than 20 years of experience in various management positions in the automotive industry. Prior to his appointment, he was in charge of Continental’s operations in France.