Continental Names Bernd Mahr to Head Its Hybrid Electric Vehicle Business Unit
November 4, 2014 by John Day
Continental announced Dr. Bernd Mahr as Executive Vice President of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Business Unit, based in Nuremberg, Germany, effective November 1, 2014.
The HEV Business Unit, which is part of the Powertrain Division, develops and produces power electronics and electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles. Until now, the unit has been run temporarily by José Avila, who heads the Powertrain Division and is a Member of Continental’s Executive Board.
“We are very pleased, that Bernd Mahr is joining our Powertrain team,” said Avila. “With him, we have an experienced leader in the important and growing field of electromobility on board. This is also underlined by his extensive knowledge of alternative drive technologies.”
Dr. Mahr previously worked for Mahle GmbH. From 2009, he ran the automotive supplier’s engineering service provider Mahle Powertrain, where he successfully restructured the unit. In addition to his management expertise, Dr. Mahr also contributes with his extensive experience in hybrid technology. While at Mahle Powertrain, Mahr, who has a doctorate in mechanical engineering, developed a demonstration vehicle with a range extender that was completed in just ten months despite the high technological requirements.
Born in Esslingen, Germany, Dr. Mahr completed his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He began his career in 1987 as a research associate at the University of Stuttgart. In 1990, he joined the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines in Stuttgart. A year later, Dr. Mahr became head of combustion engines at this development service provider for the car and supplier industry.
In 1998, he joined Bosch, where he was in charge of diesel advanced development until he was promoted to head engineer for diesel systems in the Commercial Vehicles business unit. In 2003, Dr. Mahr joined Mahle as a Member of the Management Board, where he was responsible for sales and application engineering in the Engine Systems and Components business unit. In 2004, he took over the leadership of Sales Research and Advanced Engineering until becoming the head of Mahle Powertrain in 2009.
Continental’s Powertrain division develops and produces innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management and transmission control, including sensors and actuators, exhaust aftertreatment technologies as well as fuel supply systems, and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives.
Powertrain employs worldwide around 32.400 people and generated sales of approximately €6.3 billion in 2013.
In 2013, Continental corporation generated sales of approximately €33.3 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs around 189,000 people in 49 countries.