Continental Execs Named Among Leading Women in Auto Industry by Automotive News

Source: Continental announcement

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.–Automotive News announced its 2020 list of 100 Leading Women in the North American automotive industry with two Continental executives being honored: Aruna Anand, head of Continental Engineering Services North America and Jennifer Wahnschaff, senior vice president and head of Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems. The award honors women in executive positions who have had a major positive effect on their company’s operations.

“Continental serves a wide variety of customers making diversity of thought, especially at the leadership level, critical to our success,” said Samir Salman, CEO of Continental North America. “Aruna and Jennifer are strong leaders who bring a unique problem-solving perspective and approach to their projects, teams and the company as a whole. We are thrilled they are being recognized for their achievements and industry impacts with this prestigious award.”

Aruna Anand
Aruna Anand, head of Continental Engineering Services North America

Anand joined Continental in 1997, working in leadership positions across multiple business units while taking on new challenges with an entrepreneurial mindset – a key quality that has helped her succeed, and a value she instills in her team.

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As the head of Continental Engineering Services North America, Anand is responsible for leading an independently operating business unit that offers comprehensive engineering services to Continental and external customers. Her technical expertise, business acumen and collaborative approach to problem solving have earned her a reputation as someone who gets things done.

Jennifer Wahnschaff
Jennifer Wahnschaff, senior vice president and head of Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems

Wahnschaff started her career with Continental in 2001 as a senior mechanical engineer, working hard for new opportunities and learning new skills along the way. After 17 years in a “traditional” automotive environment, Wahnschaff took her current role leading Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems where she has responsibility for a global team that develops products in an emerging market segment.

Being a leader in a space working on cutting-edge technology and solutions has inspired her, and she uses that inspiration to motivate and collaborate with her team. It’s this inclusive approach to work that has cemented her success and the success of the teams she leads and customers she supports.

Recognitions like this underscore Continental’s commitment to enhancing its diversity efforts and investing in diverse talent that help expand and drive the company forward.

The company was named one of the Best Companies for Women by Fairygodboss in 2019 and again in 2020.

To view the entire announcement, click HERE.

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