German luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche’s supervisory board has announced to hire Sajjad Khan to the company’s executive board with a focus on Car-IT.
Born in Pakistan and of German nationality, Sajjad Khan was a former chief technology officer at rival Mercedes-Benz and now he would become the eighth member of the executive board. Volkswagen-run marque’s move comes as the company prepares for a market listing.
Announcing the decision, Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Porsche, stated: “We strongly believe that the intended expansion of our Executive Board will further promote the successful development of our company.”
However, Porsche still has not decided exactly when it will make a final decision regarding the appointment of Khan, according to the company statement. “Khan could begin his duties as soon as he is available to do so,” the statement further added.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche, Oliver Blume said: “We look forward to being able to welcome Sajjad Khan, a proven digital expert, to the Board and thereby to strengthen our IT team in a critical position. Our industry is experiencing the greatest transformation in its history. We laid the strategic groundwork very early on. Our focus now is on implementation, which we want to continue to drive forward together with Sajjad Khan.”
The 48 years old Khan is a worldwide recognized expert in the development of intelligent software in vehicles, the statement revealed. He worked for Mercedes-Benz for more than six years until August 2021.
As Chief Technology Officer, Sajjad Khan was given the responsibilities for development in the areas of Connectivity, Autonomous, Shared & Services, and Electric. From 2011 to 2015, Khan also served for the BMW Group, where he moved the company’s worldwide Connected Drive efforts as Vice President.
Appointing someone as experienced as Sajjad Khan is an intelligent decision by Porsche AG, being a professional Khan will surely prove to be resourceful for the company at a critical time.