Andreas Esser to manage Conti’s commercial tyre business
Although Continental merged its Passenger & Light Truck Tires and Commercial Vehicle Tires divisions into a single unit, the Tires division, on August 1 this year, both remain as business units within the combined division. At the start of next year management of the Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit will be handed over to Dr. Andreas Esser, who is currently responsible for Continental’s passenger car and van tyre replacement business in the Asia-Pacific region. In his new role, the 52-year old will report directly to Tire division chief Nikolai Setzer.
“Andreas Esser has been part of the management team of the Tire division in Hanover for over ten years,” commented Setzer. “He knows both the industry and our product portfolio very well. After five years in a management position in Shanghai, he also brings along experience from one of the most important growth regions to his new task. This will be extremely valuable for our set goals. Furthermore China, his current location, is the world’s largest commercial vehicle tyre market.”
Esser, who holds a PhD in chemistry, began his career at Continental in 1989 in research and development. After a range of management posts in tyre development, quality management and OEM business in Europe, he served at Continental’s North American headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following this Esser was in charge of global car tyre OEM business at Continental for six years. In 2007, he moved to the Asia headquarters in Shanghai. There he took on leadership of the company’s Replacement Business Car Tires and Replacement Business Truck Tires Asia.
Until Esser takes over on January 1, 2012, management of the Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit is being handled by Nikolai Setzer, who has served in this role in an interim capacity following the merger of Conti’s passenger car tyre and commercial vehicle tyre divisions. When he takes up his new post, Esser will be responsible for over 8,000 staff members at ten production and development sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.