Head of Architecture and Networking
Continental North America
Aruna Anand is Head of the Architecture and Networking business area for the North American region of Continental Automotive. In this role, Anand is responsible for all global Connected Car Networking business activities that support customers based out of North America.
Previously, Anand was responsible for leading an independently operating business unit that offers comprehensive engineering services. Continental Engineering Services harnesses the extensive know-how and creativity of its engineers, combined with an access to Continental’s entire technology pool, to provide innovative engineering solutions to external customers. In addition, it leverages its flexibility to transform mass production technology to apply to small series and niche applications at economical costs.
Since joining the company in 1997, Anand has held numerous leadership positions across the different business areas of the Continental Automotive group sector. She was Head of Software for Gasoline Engine and Transmissions Systems for the Electronic Controls business unit within the company’s then Powertrain division. She also led the Wireless Product Group Engineering within the Connected Car Networking business unit of Continental’s Vehicle Networking and Information business area.
Anand earned her master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Oakland University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University, in Chennai, India. In 2020, she was recognized by Automotive News as one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive industry. In 2018, Anand was honored with the prestigious Automotive News Rising Star award. She was also recently recognized at the Women of Color Awards Gala and received the Professional Achievement in Industry award.