Leadership change at the top of PTV Group

Vincent Kobesen resigns at his own request

Karlsruhe, Germany, 09/07/2019. After 30 years with PTV AG (‘PTV’), Karlsruhe, Vincent Kobesen will leave the company by amicable and mutual agreement on July 31, 2019. The Supervisory Board of PTV also announced that Dr. Peter Overmann has been appointed as a member of the Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective as of 1 August 2019.

Since Vincent Kobesens’ appointment as CEO in 2011, PTV has experienced continuous growth. The group currently employs a workforce of 900 staff members, generating sales of over EUR100 million. Under his leadership, PTV has achieved world market leadership in the field of software for transport logistics and traffic planning. In 2017, Vincent Kobesen and the other stakeholders decided to sell PTV to Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE), Stuttgart, in order to take the company to the next level. Since then, PTV has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche SE.

“With our great 40th anniversary celebration, we have successfully completed an era and now the time has come for a leadership change at the top of the company. Taking this step, however, was not easy for me. It was a real pleasure to accompany this great company with such a committed workforce for such a long time”, said Vincent Kobesen.

Philipp von Hagen, Chairman of PTV’s Supervisory Board: “Vincent Kobesen has actively accompanied and supported the generational transition at PTV. We would like to thank him for his successful work during the past years and his willingness to actively accompany the change of ownership. We wish him all the best for his future.”

The Supervisory Board has appointed Peter Overmann as Chief Technology Officer, effective as of 1 August 2019. Until such time that a permanent CEO is appointed, he will assume these duties and serve as interim CEO. “With Peter Overmann we have been able to recruit an experienced and visionary technology manager for PTV. The PTV Group has considerable potential and I am confident that, together, we will make significant progress in terms of groundbreaking solutions for both our customers and partners,” added von Hagen.

Peter Overmann has over 20 years of international leadership experience in the technology sector. After studying physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Heidelberg University, he invented his own programming language, then joined Wolfram Research to lead the development of Mathematica, a standard application for deeply algorithmic computation. At Deutsche Telekom's Digital Business unit, Peter Overmann created the ‘tolino’ eReader product family. Most recently, he was Head of the Maps Unit at TomTom.


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PTV. The Mind of Movement

Die PTV Group betrachtet Verkehr und Logistik als Ganzes, um Mobilität zukunftsfähig zu gestalten. Ausgezeichnet als Weltmarktführer entwickelt das Unternehmen intelligente Softwarelösungen für die Transportlogistik, die Verkehrsplanung und das Verkehrsmanagement. Das hilft Städten, Unternehmen und Personen dabei, Zeit und Kosten zu sparen, Straßen sicherer zu machen und Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt zu minimieren. Die PTV setzt ihr weltweit einzigartiges Expertenwissen zu allen Facetten der Mobilität dafür ein, dass Menschen und Güter rechtzeitig, sicher und ressourcenschonend ihre Ziele erreichen.

Mehr als 2.500 Städte setzen PTV-Produkte ein. Transporte in über einer Million Fahrzeugen werden mit PTV-Software geplant. Das Europäische Verkehrsmodell, das den gesamten Personen- und Güterverkehr in Europa abdeckt, wird mit PTV-Software entwickelt. Auch dafür arbeiten rund um den Globus über 900 Kolleginnen und Kollegen mit Leidenschaft an leistungsstarken Lösungen. Der Hauptsitz im Herzen der Technologieregion Karlsruhe ist Entwicklungs- und Innovationszentrum. Von hier aus plant und optimiert die PTV seit 1979 alles, was Menschen und Güter bewegt.

Die deutsche Gesellschaft PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG ist ein Unternehmen der PTV Group. www.ptvgroup.com.

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Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV Group.


Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV Group, will leave the company at his own request on 31 July 2019


Peter Overmann will join the PTV Group as CTO on 1 August 2019.