Belgian transport equipment specialist, WABCO, has extended the role of Dr Christian Brenneke (pictured), the company’s current Vice President of Engineering, by also promoting him to Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
According to WABCO, the move is meant to demonstrate the company’s commitment to pioneering “technology for increasingly autonomous, connected and electrified” commercial vehicles.
Going forward, Dr Brenneke will combine his current responsibilities with those of the CTO to lead Wabco’s global innovation and advanced product development strategy, the company added.
“Technological innovation is at the very heart of WABCO’s top line growth success,” WABCO Chairman and CEO, Jacques Esculier, commented.
“By bringing his extensive commercial, operational and engineering expertise to this role, Dr Brenneke’s appointment powerfully underlines our continued strategic focus to expand and globalize WABCO’s extensive portfolio of commercial vehicle safety and efficiency technologies.”
According to Esculier, WABCO invested a record $147 million (ca. €120 million) in product development and engineering in 2017 alone, and was granted some 383 new patents.
Dr Brenneke succeeds Dr Christian Wiehen as CTO, who retired in 2017 following a career of nearly 30 years with WABCO.