Continental has appointed Gilles Mabire, 46, as the new head of the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit (CVAM) effective April 1, 2019. He succeeds Dr Michael Ruf, who led the business unit over the last 10 years. CVAM, part of the Interior Division, looks at specific requirements of the commercial vehicle 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.
Gilles Mabire has been with Continental for more than ten 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.
Earlier, he was in charge of Continental’s operations in France. 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. There 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.