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.
Darren Benjamin is Senior Development Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Open Software Technology Center in Portland, Oregon, and is now leading the five plus year effort in Linux and open source at Jaguar Land Rover, with Linux-based infotainment systems on the road in multiple vehicles. Previous whilst working for P3 Group served as Toyota's System Architect on their 17CY program and as a VP at Teligent Telecom/Nabla Communications, Inc. Darren has extensive volunteer management experience with the Kramden Institute and other non-profits. Darren holds degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.
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.
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.
With over 20 years of automotive experience, Georg Doll has had the opportunity to participate in the creation of several different automotive alliances, including the GENIVI Alliance in 2008 as a founding member. Doll holds a Diploma in Electronics from the University of Karlsruhe and has worked as a software engineer, system architect and program manager. For the past six years Georg has been managing an automotive software business segment delivering software solutions for IVI systems, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and transmission control units (TCUs).
Dr. Kyung D. Ryu is V.P. of R&D, serving as the Head of Automotive Software Platform Division at LG Electronics since 2015. He directs strategies and development for vehicle software platforms, connectivity, and cybersecurity.
Before joining Vehicle Component Business, he was in charge of strategies and global development of the webOS platform for smart consumer electronics at Software Center in LGE.
During 2004 - 2014, he worked at IBM Research in NY, USA, leading research projects and groups to develop advanced system software and OS for servers, clouds, and supercomputers, including Blue Gene Q, the World #1 Supercomputer in 2012.
Prior to IBM, he was a faculty member, teaching and directing research in computer science at Arizona State University. He published more than 50 papers of system software research in major journals and conferences. Dr. Ryu received his PhD and MS in computer science from University of Maryland.
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.