Keynote Speakers 2017

Toshihiro Hirai, B.Eng.

Alliance Global Director and Corporate Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Toshihiro Hirai is Alliance Global Director and Corporate Vice President for Powertrain & Electric Vehicle Engineering at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., since 2014. He manages the Powertrain Engineering organization of all gasoline, Diesel, hybrid and drivetrain activities within Nissan/Renault and their alliance.

Mr. Hirai graduated as Bachelor of Engineering at Waseda University in Japan in 1984. He joined Nissan subsequently and worked in the field of powertrain component system design until 2000. In the following years, he was engaged in the Renault & Nissan Alliance Engine Project Management. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Hirai was Program Director for QASHQAI, X-TRAIL & INFINITI before taking over his current responsibility.

Thomas Anliker, M.Sc. (Speaker Change)

Senior Vice President Global Sales, Marketing & Aftersales of Borgward Group AG

Thomas Anliker, M.Sc., is Senior Vice President Global Sales, Marketing & Aftersales of the Borgward Group AG since September 2017. He joined Borgward Group AG in March 2016. Following his Master of Arts in Business & Economics qualification at the University of Basel, Thomas Anliker worked for the Swiss Bank Corporation for 3 years before joining General Motors Europe in 1989. Since then, he has had a succession of key positions working for General Motors worldwide, for example as chairman of the Supervisory Board & CEO for GM Automobiles Philippines, as Executive Director Sales, Commercial Vehicles for Europe at Adam Opel AG or as Chairman of the Supervisory Board & CEO of GM Suisse. In June 2009, Thomas Anliker joined the Swiss think-tank NAMO (Sustained Mobility) of the Technical University of Zurich (ETH Zurich). In 2011, he started to work for Chevrolet Europe and Chevrolet Suisse, where he became Chairman of the Supervisory Board in March 2012. Moreover, he was appointed CEO of Cadillac Europe and Vice President of General Motors Overseas Distribution Company (GMOD) LLC as of January 1, 2013. In January 2015, Thomas Anliker became the CEO of Volvo Car Switzerland. In this role, he also became the Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board, before joining Borgward Group AG.

Prof. Dr. Ralf G. Herrtwich

Senior Vice President Automotive of HERE

Ralf G. Herrtwich runs the Automotive Business Group of HERE, the leading digital map maker and open location platform provider. The product groups in his portfolio include in-vehicle infotainment systems from navigation to advanced driver assistance, connected vehicle services for mobility and safety, plus key technologies for automated vehicles, most notably high-definition self-healing lane-level maps. Before joining HERE, Dr. Herrtwich developed self-driving vehicles for Mercedes-Benz. In 2013, his team made an S-Class re-enact the world’s first overland drive, covering the historic 65-miles Bertha Benz Route autonomously in regular traffic. A computer scientist by education, he started his career in academia at TU Berlin and UC Berkeley. He then held management positions with IBM and several telecommunication start-ups before joining Daimler in 1998 to manage its research and predevelopment on telematics, infotainment and, later, driver assistance and chassis systems. Since 2009, he also is honorary professor for vehicle information technology at TU Berlin.

Christian Müller (Speaker Change)

Vice President Engineering and Member of the Management Board of Opel Automobile GmbH

Christian Müller was named Vice President Engineering and Member of the Management Board of Opel Automobile GmbH in August 2017. Prior to this assignment, he held the position of Vice President GM Global Propulsion Systems – Europe.

Christian Müller started his career as a development engineer in 1996 at Adam Opel AG. He led Powertrain integration within Engineering. From 2005 to 2010, Müller worked in Turin, Italy, where he was Global Chief Engineer and Program Manager for multiple engine programs. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Director Development, Calibration & Validation Europe.
Christian Müller was born in Rüsselsheim, Germany in 1969 and received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Darmstadt University.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer

Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he received his doctoral degree on the subject of internal combustion engines. After six years of research at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines in Stuttgart, he began his professional career at Porsche in 1984, where he assumed various project management and leadership responsibilities for engine and vehicle development. Since 2001, Prof. Gutzmer works in leading positions for Schaeffler Group. When the company’s legal entity changed to Schaeffler AG in 2011, he became Chief Technology Officer and, in December 2013, he was appointed as a Member of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG. In June 2014, Prof. Gutzmer was appointed Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG. He is associate lecturer at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) since 2004 and member of several boards