Audi accelerates change by bringing in a former Valeo CTO and focusing more on SDV

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Audi accelerates change by bringing in a former Valeo CTO and focusing more on SDV
Audi accelerates change by bringing in a former Valeo CTO and focusing more on SDV

As the newest member of the Innovation and Software-Defined Vehicles board, Geoffrey Bouquot, formerly of Valeo, has been given the responsibility of leading Audi’s transition to a software-centered company.

Software-defined vehicle development is moving more quickly at Audi. The German luxury automaker has continued to place a strong emphasis on software and has established a special place on the Board of Management for Innovation and Software-Defined Vehicles (SDV).

As the newest member of the Innovation and Software-Defined Vehicles board, Geoffrey Bouquot, formerly of Valeo, has been given the responsibility of leading Audi’s transition to a software-centered company. directing French Tier 1 supplier Valeo is where Geoffrey Bouquot comes from, and he brings a wealth of expertise directing global teams in many technological development domains to Audi.

In addition to overseeing sizable software engineering departments during significant change and transformation initiatives, he was in charge of long-term innovation strategies, including automated driving and artificial intelligence. Bouquot’s most recent position was group CTO and senior vice president of strategy at Valeo. In this role, he was responsible for corporate strategy, R&D, public affairs and sustainability, marketing, and innovation. He headed an R&D network of 20,000 engineers as well as 20 research and 40 development centers.

Among his responsibilities were putting the R&D transformation plan into action, speeding up digitalization, and increasing productivity by focusing on particular platforms. Additionally, Geoffrey Bouquot established France’s first dedicated lab for AI in driverless vehicles. Prior to joining Valeo, he served as the French Minister of Defense’s cabinet’s technical assistant for industrial matters. Manfred Doss, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG, stated, “With the decision to create the new position at board level, we are strengthening the long-term technology and innovation strategy and focusing on the development of SDVs.”

“The appointment of Geoffrey Bouquot to the Audi Board of Management with a focus on software-defined vehicles and innovation also underlines the workforce’s aspiration for Vorsprung durch Technik,” stated Jorg Schlagbauer, Chairman of the General Works Council and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Audi AG. We’re excited about a change of pace and the opportunity to collaborate in order to restore the four rings’ brilliance. Accelerating the pace of development activity through the use of a matrix organization is a fundamental component of the Audi Agenda. By encouraging greater entrepreneurial responsibility, it fortifies the model of series management and organizes the capabilities of the technical development line companies in an understandable manner.

A key component of the Audi Agenda is the use of a matrix organization to quicken the pace of development activity. By encouraging greater entrepreneurial responsibility, it fortifies the model of series management and organizes the capabilities of the technical development line companies in an understandable manner. Accordingly, a precisely defined system logic combines the technical divisions’ development expertise. This is consistent with a paradigm shift toward integrated car development, where software plays a central role. According to Audi CEO Gernot Döllner, innovation is essential to the company’s long-term viability. In order to accelerate development and maintain a distinct focus on software, a comprehensive structural restructuring is required. Geoffrey Bouquot’s appointment demonstrates our fulfillment of this goal.

According to Audi CEO Gernot Döllner, innovation is essential to the company’s long-term viability. In order to accelerate development and maintain a distinct focus on software, a comprehensive structural restructuring is required. Geoffrey Bouquot’s appointment demonstrates our fulfillment of this goal. Geoffrey has a plethora of expertise in managing and evolving sizable software development teams. Because of his combination of technological know-how, inventiveness, and global leadership abilities, I am confident he will make a significant contribution to Audi. “For me, Audi represents precision and the future—engineering and digitalization,” said Geoffrey Bouquot. I am excited about my new position.

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