Schmitz Cargobull appoints CTO

Germany-based OEM, Schmitz Cargobull, has appointed Marnix Lannoije as its new Chief Research and Development Officer (CTO).

Lannoije started in the role on 1 October, succeeding Roland Klement following his retirement, and has more than 20 years’ experience working for leading companies in the automotive and transport industry.

After studying Civil Engineering in Electro-Mechanics (Mechatronics) in Belgium, he took on project management roles at Tyco Electronics before moving to Audi AG in Ingolstadt, Germany in 2003 where he worked for five years as a project manager in chassis development.

From 2008 to 2011, he was R&D Manager at Flander’s MAKE in Belgium before moving to Bombardier Transportation, Mannheim, in 2011.

Schmitz Cargobull CEO, Andreas Schmitz, said Lannoije is an experienced industry expert and a good fit for the role.

“He has worked for Schmitz Cargobull since 2019 and was responsible for the extension and further development of the Digital Services product line,” he said.

“With his expertise and management experience, Schmitz Cargobull is well-equipped for the future.”

Joining Schmitz Cargobull as Head of E/E System Engineering Product, Lannoije took over as Head of Product Line Digital Services and the Management of Cargobull Telematics GmbH in April 2020.

In these positions, he played a crucial role in shaping the structures for E/E development and the area of electromobility.

“I am very pleased with the trust placed in me and look forward to participating in shaping the successful path of Schmitz Cargobull,” Lannoije said.

“With so many changes in the industry, research and development is facing particular challenges. Schmitz Cargobull is already strongly positioned in the areas of vehicle connectivity and digitalisation, which provides a solid foundation for further developments.”

In other news, Schmitz Cargobull has expanded its S.KO COOL reefer semi-trailer product portfolio with a factory-fitted equipment package certified for the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) TSR1 transport operations.

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