Hiebaum Dr., Thomas
Dr. Thomas Hiebaum is a renowned expert in automotive lighting with a 15+ year working background with the HELLA Group of Companies where he served in a variety of roles, functions and capacities at Corporate Headquarters in Germany, in Beijing and Shanghai, China, as well as in a global capacity as HELLA Group Vice President based out of Austria. He has held responsibility for OE Sales, Aftersales, Design and Development, Time-to-Market and Innovation Management, has brought HELLA’s lighting designs into the cruise ship industry and into the agricultural, construction and mining industries. As Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member of the CAB Concept Cluster Dr. Hiebaum guided the HELLA Off-Highway Business Unit towards winning a number of innovation and design prizes, including the iF Design Award 2017, the Focus Open Gold Award 2016, the BAUMA 2016 Innovation Award and the VDBUM Innovation Award 2016. He currently holds a Senior Leadership role at ADIENT as Member of the Executive Board and Chief Sales Officer of RECARO.
A US-born Austrian national, Dr. Hiebaum earned his PhD at the University of Manchester’s AMBS and his Master’s degree at Vienna University of Economics and Business WU. He brings substantial experience in design, development, innovation, leadership and executive management into his lecture at TiL2018 and the ensuing Q&A.