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

PTV Group considera el tráfico y la logística como un todo a fin de diseñar una movilidad preparada para el futuro. La empresa, galardonada como líder en el mercado mundial, desarrolla soluciones de software inteligentes para la logística de transporte, así como para la planificación y la gestión del tráfico. Esto contribuye a que las ciudades, empresas y personas ahorren tiempo y costes, a que las carreteras sean más seguras y a minimizar los efectos sobre el medioambiente. PTV emplea sus conocimientos especializados únicos en el mundo en todas las facetas de la movilidad para que las personas y mercancías lleguen a su destino a tiempo, con seguridad y de un modo respetuoso con los recursos.

Más de 2500 ciudades utilizan productos PTV. Los transportes de más de un millón de vehículos se planifican con el software PTV. El modelo de transporte europeo, que cubre la totalidad de los desplazamientos de personas y del tráfico de mercancías de Europa, se desarrolla con software PTV. Para ello trabajan con pasión más de 900 compañeros en todo el mundo elaborando soluciones potentes. La sede principal en el corazón de la región tecnológica de Karlsruhe es un centro de desarrollo e innovación. Desde aquí, PTV planifica y optimiza desde 1979 todo lo que mueve a las personas y mercancías.

La empresa alemana PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG forma parte de 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.