Jourdan joins Conti board
Since the start of August Dr. Ralf Cramer has been headquartered in Shanghai as head of Continental China. Replacing him as chairman of the Management Board for the Chassis & Safety division is Frank Jourdan, who has also joined Continental’s Executive Board. Jourdan’s appointment to the board was confirmed at Continental’s Supervisory Board meeting on 25 September, together with the renewal of Dr. Elmar Degenhart’s tenure as Executive Board chairman for a further five years.
“In the past four years, Dr. Elmar Degenhart has considerably helped to bring Continental AG back into the fold of DAX 30 companies and make it more sustainable as an innovative technology supplier. The members of the Supervisory Board unanimously honour his outstanding performance and reaffirm their trust,” said Supervisory Board chairman Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, referring to the reappointment. “In Frank Jourdan, we have entrusted a very experienced, innovative, and internationally focused manager with overseeing the Chassis & Safety division. We have every faith that he will succeed in following the successful path of profitable growth mapped out by Dr. Ralf Cramer in the past few years.”
Degenhart has been Continental’s Executive Board chairman since 12 August, 2009. His present term ends in August 2014. “I am delighted to be able to continue putting all my strength and energy into the journey we’re on,” he commented. “The Continental team has already proven time and again the potential that it can bring to bear. I am convinced that we can and will successfully tackle the challenges that lie ahead of us as an industry, increase our own competitiveness, and help shape the future of personal mobility with our innovative systems and technologies.”
Frank Jourdan joined Continental in 1988 and his professional career includes stints both in and outside of Germany. Between 2000 and 2003, he set up the production of wheel speed sensors for electronic brake systems in Silao, Mexico, for Continental Automotive Mexicana. Back in Frankfurt, Jourdan managed the newly created Sensorics product area as of 2003. From 2006 through 2009 he put his career at Continental on hold to serve as general manager for operations at Keiper GmbH & Co. KG. He returned to Continental as executive vice-president of the Electronic Brake Systems business unit, a business renamed Vehicle Dynamics in September 2013 following the merger of the Suspension Systems and Chassis Electronics segments into the business.