Visteon Corp. appoints new president

US autoparts supplier Visteon Corporation continues to build a talented global leadership team with the appointment of Dr. Heinz Pfannschmidt to the position of president of Europe and South America.

US autoparts supplier Visteon Corporation continues to build a talented global leadership team with the appointment of Dr. Heinz Pfannschmidt to the position of president of Europe and South America. Pfannschmidt has extensive experience in the automotive and telecommunications industries. He will have responsibility for the Visteon Customer Business Groups that interface with the automakers headquartered in Europe and South America, and regional responsibility for the manufacturing operations in those areas. Additionally, he has been elected an officer of the company by Visteon“s board of directors. Pfannschmidt“s most recent position was president and chief executive officer, TRW Automotive Electronics Worldwide, a position he held since September 1999. From 1997 to 1999, Pfannschmidt held the position of managing director of Europe, Inflatable Restraint Systems for TRW Automotive Worldwide. Prior to TRW, Pfannschmidt spent more than four years with Hella KG Hueck & Company, in Lippstadt, Germany, as executive vice president of Research and Development, Engineering and Production. In addition to his experience at Hella, Pfannschmidt brings extensive operational experience from his tenure at Philips Group, in the Netherlands, where he held a variety of progressive roles in the company“s worldwide radio communications business. Pfannschmidt holds a PhD in electronics, as well as degrees in telecommunications, engineering and experimental physics from Technische Universitt Braunschweig, in Braunschweig, Germany.