HANOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. has promoted Christian Koetz to head up the firm's tire division as part of a management restructuring.
Nikolai Setzer, tire division head since mid-2011, will become the spokesman for the newly created "automotive board" as well as continue on the firm's executive board, Conti said.
Mr. Koetz, who has led the commercial vehicle tires business unit since July 2018, will assume the three-year tenure for head of tire division and corporate purchasing as of April 1 and will become a member of the Continental's executive board, the company added.
Mr. Koetz studied engineering management and joined Continental's tire division as a trainee in 1996. Later, he was responsible for key account management for the original equipment in North America, and then for research and development.
From 2011 to 2018, he headed the passenger and light truck tires replacement business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa before taking the top position at the commercial vehicle tires business unit.
From 2015 to 2017, he also was president of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA).
Nikolai Setzer's position on the executive board has been extended by five years "ahead of time" to March 2024.