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SPEAKERS:

 

Rob Huber

Deputy Chief Technical Officer / Vice President, Innovation
Faurecia xWorks

 

 

Andreas Wlasak

Vice President, Industrial Design
Faurecia

 

 

Wednesday 29 April - 9:45-10:30

 

 

 

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Faurecia xWorks is a cross-functional product & business incubator focusing on strategic innovation. Its primary focus is to develop an advantaged portfolio of consumer-driven product solutions for the automotive market sector. Leveraging a Design process and core skills to bring new ideas to market, identifying key partnership opportunities through open innovation models across a global network called xWorks.

 

 

Biographies

 

Rob Huber
As Deputy Chief Technical officer / Vice President of Innovation for Faurecia, Huber is responsible for bringing new ideas to market and for identifying key partnership opportunities through open innovation models across a global network called xWorks. Faurecia xWorks is a cross-functional product & business incubator focusing on strategic innovation. Its primary focus is to develop an advantaged portfolio of consumer-driven product solutions for the automotive market sector. In 2012 Faurecia was awarded the PDMA Outstanding Corporate Innovator award.

 

Prior to joining Faurecia in 2006, Huber was Executive Director of Design for Johnson Controls where he led the Design and Advanced Product Development Groups. Also, Huber worked for Thomson Consumer Electronics and was responsible for the complete re-design of the RCA brand of consumer products.

 

He started his career as a Designer for Chrysler Corporation, designing advance concepts including the Plymouth Speedster show vehicle which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 1988. Huber also led the design of the interiors for the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision and Chrysler Concord, which debut in 1993. These vehicles were highly successful in the marketplace, and earned numerous awards including the IDSA Gold award.

 

Huber holds a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Faurecia's Award-Winning Product Development Process

Faurecia recognized as one of the world's top innovation companies by Product Development & Management Association


 

Andreas Wlasak

Passionate about people, you either become a psychologist or a designer. Or both. When you add the curiosity for everything that is product, technology and human experience, you probably end up as a designer. When you get older, the human science part of your job grows bigger again. That is what happened and continues to happen with me.

Since 2003 Andreas leads the global Design activities at Faurecia, based in Paris/France. During this period a global team had been built up, and the relevant skills had been created and developed to establish an industry wide recognized leader in automotive design, representing a unique offer by Faurecia for the global market.

From 1999 to 2003, Andreas had been responsible for Advanced Design At Johnson Controls Europe, based in Cologne/Germany. Previously he was at Whirlpool Europe in Varese/Italy where he evolved from a junior designer to a design manager with product and brand responsibility.

His first professional steps had been done in product design agencies in Germany and France, after graduating at the Fachhochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany.



 

 


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