Board and Officers
Kyle Walworth is the VP of Solutions and Strategy, Automotive for HARMAN Connected Services. Walworth has been an active member of the GENIVI Alliance since its inception, as an Officer on the Board of Directors between 2009 and 2013.
Walworth has over 20 years of experience in automotive engineering and management. Prior to his current position, Walworth worked for Visteon Corporation as Associate Director of global hardware and software architectures. He was responsible for the designs of multiple product lines, including infotainment head units, instrument clusters, connectivity modules, analog/digital radios, climate control heads and amplifier systems. Walworth also managed the development of all infotainment-related subsystems including tuner and media. His background and experience provides a unique perspective on the complex electro-mechanical and software interactions in today's consumer electronic products.
Before joining Visteon, Walworth worked for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. At Ford, Walworth held positions in product development focusing on electric vehicle power supplies and interior electronics. At GM, he worked in product development for cruise controls, instrument clusters, mass airflow sensors, throttle bodies and exhaust systems.
Walworth holds bachelor degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (known today as Kettering University). He also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering - with a concentration in wireless and electro-magnetics - from Stanford University.
Matt Jones serves as the Director of Future Technology at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), President of the GENIVI alliance, and a Board Director of the Linux Foundation, and is actively leading the push for open infotainment and systems standards, enable the rapid creation of leading-edge features across industries. To this end, he is actively working with Linux and the open source communities through a multitude of projects.
Based in JLR’s newly-established Research and Development Centers in Portland, Oregon, that are dedicated to developing Open Software for the automotive sector and accelerating the growth of start-ups through the JLR Tech Incubator. His teams in the U.K. and Portland are responsible for the specification and roll-out of the latest generations of Linux-based systems.
Roberto Zompi is the Advanced Engineering Manager for Infotainment and Navigation at Magneti Marelli. Roberto tracks market and technology trends and investigates new technologies to define the product roadmap strategy. He leads detached prototyping programs to build proofs of concept.
Roberto started in Telematic Services and Navigation 15 years ago in Magneti Marelli with responsibilities ranging from Product and Program Management to Innovation. He spent 4 years in Targasys, a Telematic Service provider, in charge of R&D management. In 2006 Roberto led the development of the first infotainment platform based on Linux in the Magneti Marelli Innovation department.
Prior to joining Magneti Marelli, Roberto was R&D manager at ISI, an Italian company dealing with inertial systems for defense and aerospace systems.
He earned a degree in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and a Masters degree in Software Engineering in Ivrea Olivetti Master School.
Armando’s experience spans 27 years exclusively in software engineering.
Armando has held significant positions of responsibility at Thales French group, Johnson Controls Automotive France and Siemens VDO. In his roles he has managed different corporate engineering teams either platform and product development or expertise ones . He spent 9 years in Automotive Infotainment in Siemens VDO in France as the platform software manager and then as software discipline manager for the France site.
In his early career Armando worked mainly in the Defense Industry like manager for new generation air fighters mission and root preparation systems in SAGEM (actual SAFRAN) and Energy industry (EDF systems) with software standard evolution.
Armando has been with PSA Peugeot Citroen since September 2014.
Alwin Bakkenes is the CEO of Pelagicore. Pelagicore develops and delivers software products and services for GENIVI compliant automotive infotainment systems and is engaged in the deployment of multiple GENIVI compliant products into production. With offices in Gothenburg and Munich, Pelagicore works with leading OEMs and Tier-1s for base platform, middleware and UX development.
Alwin joined Pelagicore from Volvo Car Corporation, where he was Director Driver Information and Infotainment for multiple product generations and held responsibility for strategy and development of all cockpit electronics including Instrument clusters, Infotainment Systems, Switches and HMI.
Prior to Volvo Cars, Alwin held leading positions in companies related to wireless services and Telematics such as WirelessCar and Smarttrust. Alwin holds a Masters degree in Knowledge Engineering and Information Technology from Middlesex University in the UK.
Thomas Hollmann is currently responsible for the global Engineering in the business unit Infotainment & Connectivity at Continental. In this business unit Continental develops and produces systems for all vehicle categories and all major customers globally. The product portfolio includes radios, connected radio & entry navigation, multimedia systems, embedded telematics units as well as device connectivity. He is working for Continental since 2011.
Thomas studied Electrical Engineering with a focus on communications technology at the University of Dortmund. There he wrote his dissertational thesis with a subject on improved television systems. In 1994 he began his career in the consumer electronics industry and joined THOMSON Multimedia leading for 5 years the development of algorithms and integrated circuits for signal processing in TV receivers to improve image quality. He moved to the automotive industry in 1999 when he started at Delphi. As engineering and site manager in the Mobile Multimedia design center and for the division Electronics & Safety he held several positions in the R&D organization also being responsible for Delphi’s navigation product development in Europe.
Dr. Thomas M. Müller who joined the Volvo Car Group in April 2012 is responsible for the unit Electrics/ Electronics & Chassis in series development and advanced engineering. His responsibilities cover the vehicle's E/E architecture, HMI, infotainment and connectivity, active safety and autonomous driving, the vehicle dynamic control/ chassis development, the electrical distribution system, body electronics and the complete E/E system integration.
Before joining Volvo he worked in different management positions at the BMW Group in the areas of infotainment, connected vehicle, strategy and architecture for E/E PMT, software logistics, vehicle programming & coding. Earlier on he headed several organizations in business processes & IT of BMW's international production network.
Dr. Müller combines on-board and off-board software development competences with E/E engineering in both strategies and operations and has a broad international leadership experience.
He holds a PhD in nuclear physics with a strong background in electronics and IT, complemented with studies in economics. He has worked at several international research centers both in Europe and USA.
Rainer Oder began his professional career at XSYS, Germany during his university time at the Fachhochschule Furtwangen. After spending time in Scotland focusing on 3D real-time programming, Rainer returned to Germany to finish his Diploma and earn a Master of Science degree. Rainer joined HARMAN Automotive Division and worked as a Software Engineer and System Architect for navigation applications. He gained experience in the North American Market during his time in Detroit, where he managed the navigation department for North America. After his return to Germany, Rainer co-founded XS Embedded (XSe) and led the company as Managing Director from 2010 to 2014. Mentor Graphics acquired XSe in July 2014, and Rainer leads Mentor Graphics’ Automotive Business Unit since then as General Manager.
Anup heads the Automotive & Engineering Business Unit at KPIT – A Global product engineering partner to the automotive industry.
An Executive Council Member at KPIT, Anup is instrumental in leading the technology and business innovation for the Automotive & Engineering Business. His keen sense for technology trends, customer challenges and global implications has helped KPIT build a range of solutions and products which bring value to the Automotive Ecosystem across the globe.
Passionate about the technology that goes inside the car, Anup began his career as a research engineer at the Automotive Research Association (ARAI) in India. In his last 20 years at KPIT, Anup has led the efforts in setting up the Automotive Business through a series of organic and inorganic growth initiatives. These efforts continue to help recognize KPIT as a global leader in Automotive Electronics and Engineering Design. Under his leadership, the Automotive business has grown to a team of 2800+ across the globe, contributing 30% percent to the company’s revenue, clocking industry best growth rates.
Anup describes himself as an inquisitive techie, who has experimented with every form of electronics since his school days. Eloquent & analytical, he is a frequent speaker at national & international forums, on automotive technologies that addresses customer challenges. Anup also is on the panel of Bureau of Indian Standards to champion Intelligent Transportation Systems adoption in India.
After graduating from the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Diplom-Ingenieur Peter Schönenberg started his career at Parametric Technology Corporation as a Software Engineer working on engineering and product data management applications.
In 1999 he joined BMW Group where he has been responsible for numerous projects. These range from information technology solutions for vehicle programming & software logistics to the introduction of Ethernet as a vehicle system bus. More recently, he has lead the team coordinating the in-vehicle electronic and electrical architecture.
Today Peter is responsible for the product definition and architecture of the infotainment domain and for defining and delivering the platform for IVI systems of the future.
Since 2011, Dr. Andree Zahir is the Head of Engineering responsible for the Business Unit Automotive Navigation and Infotainment (AI).
After graduation from Stuttgart University he did his Ph.D. in the area of photovoltaic systems engineering. Straight after receiving his Ph.D. Andree began his career in Product Management of Embedded Software at Robert Bosch subsidiary company ETAS where he developed real-time simulation systems and real-time operating system kernels for embedded control units. Andree was instrumental in writing the OSEK OS and OSEK TT-OS specifications within OSEK and ISO standardization.
In early 2002 he moved to Blaupunkt GmbH and took over the responsibility of advanced engineering and later of the Software development organization for Driver Information Systems. In his position he prepared and implemented the launch for one of the first OMAP based infotainment platforms.
From 2005 to 2010 he was Vice President at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions in India. In Bangalore Andre headed Bosch electronics and SW development activities for power train applications and was heavily engaged in getting the spin-off location jump started from 0 to 2000 engineers in only 4 years time.
Back at Robert Bosch Car Multimedia (CM) in 2010 he took over the domain responsibility for Software development as well as the project management at a CM key account.
Besides GENIVI he is board member of ADIT (Advanced Driver Information Technology), a multinational joint venture of DENSO and Bosch.