Continental Automotive Appoints Latha Chembrakalam as Head of India Technical Center, Auto News, ET Auto


Latha has nearly three decades of experience and has held many leadership positions during her career.

New Delhi: Technology company Continental on Monday appointed Latha Chembrakalam as head of its in-house Technical Center India (TCI) R&D center. Latha will take over from Alexander Klotz, under whose leadership TCI has become one of Continental’s largest engineering centers in the world, Continental said in a statement.

According to the company, Latha’s appointment will be instrumental in leading TCI to the next level of growth and innovation, including infrastructure expansion, workforce growth and the expansion of engineering skills for global and local markets.

Latha has nearly three decades of experience and has held many leadership positions during her career. Prior to Continental, Latha was Vice President of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, where she was responsible for the entire powertrain and electrification field. She also worked with Siemens Information Systems Ltd, where she incubated the automotive business in India after her stint at Siemens Automotives, Germany, then was responsible for business development in South Africa, managing embedded systems, BFSI, security solutions and IT services.

Latha Chembrakalam said: “With the current technological transformation of the industry, R&D is playing a key role in ensuring fair value to the customer. I am delighted to join the Continental family and lead TCI in its growth and expansion. “

Juergen Heim, Senior Vice President and Head of Holistic Engineering and Technology Site Management, said: “I am pleased to welcome Latha as the new head of TCI and also thank Alex, who has overseen from many successful projects, expansions and milestones. The race for the future mobility ecosystem has only just begun, and as an R&D arm of Continental, our Holistic Engineering & Technology unit and key centers like TCI are responsible for future technologies and solutions for the automotive sector. We continue to invest in R&D and our growth in India ”.

Prashanth Doreswamy, Country Manager, Continental India, and Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components (India) Pvt Ltd., said: “I am confident that the leadership, experience and
The expertise will ensure that TCI continues to grow in terms of skills, innovation potential and capacity, reaching new milestones. Additionally, Latha is our first female to lead TCI and a welcome addition to our pool of female leaders. “

Founded in 2009, TCI, with around 4,000 engineers, is one of the company’s main R&D sites organized under the Holistic Engineering and Technologies organization.

TCI supports both global and local R&D for the company’s Automotive Technologies group sector. It is also the Global Software Center for Excellence and the headquarters of the Global Software Academy.

Continental cut its production forecast to increase from 8% to 10%, from a previous forecast of 9% to 12%. It also slashed the top end of its 2021 sales outlook for the auto division to 16.5 billion euros ($ 19.54 billion), from 17 billion.


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