NORTHVILLE, Mich., July 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gentherm (THRM), the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, today announced that Thomas Stocker will join the Company’s leadership team as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Automotive Climate and Comfort business, effective September 1, 2019.
In this position, Stocker will lead the Company’s core Automotive global business. He will be responsible for growing the Climate and Comfort portfolio with Gentherm’s OEM customers worldwide, developing and launching new products, and driving profitability. Stocker will report to Phil Eyler, President and CEO of Gentherm, and be based in the Company’s Odelzhausen, Germany office.
“I am extremely pleased that Thomas is joining our executive management team to lead our core Automotive business. He brings deep experience and a proven track record for business growth, launching technology to market, and project execution,” said Eyler. “His unique international background of executive roles within BMW and cutting-edge technology suppliers makes him uniquely qualified to expand our industry leadership in thermal technology and drive growth in our Automotive Climate and Comfort business.”
Stocker comes to Gentherm from HENSOLDT GmbH, a global defense and security electronics company, where he was the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering. At HENSOLDT, he led the setup of change programs that established Agile and Platform development to increase efficiency, time to market, and quality across all functions. Prior to HENSOLDT, Stocker held several senior level business unit leadership positions at Harman International, a global provider of connected car technology and wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. These roles included responsibility for growth, profitability, and technology execution. He was the Senior Vice President and General Manager, BMW focused business unit, responsible for all global Harman and Samsung business related to BMW. Other roles at Harman included Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connected Car Asia Pacific, where he was based in Shanghai and had responsibility for China, Korea, India, and Japan for the division. He was also responsible for the connected car division in Europe as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infotainment Europe. Prior to that, Stocker held various roles of increasing responsibility at BMW where he led the execution of some of the most advanced technology for the automaker.
Stocker holds a Master’s degree in Electronics from Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences.
Gentherm (THRM) is a global developer and marketer of innovative thermal management technologies for a broad range of heating and cooling and temperature control applications. Automotive products include variable temperature Climate Control Seats, heated automotive interior systems (including heated seats, steering wheels, armrests and other components), battery thermal management systems, cable systems and other electronic devices. Medical products include patient temperature management systems. The Company is also developing a number of new technologies and products that will help enable improvements to existing products and to create new product applications for existing and new markets. Gentherm has over 13,000 employees in facilities in the United States, Germany, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Vietnam. For more information, go to www.gentherm.com.
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