Continental has appointed Katja Dürrfeld as new CFO. Dürrfeld is responsible for Group Finance and Controlling as well as Group Information Technology. As announced at the end of September, she will also be in charge of Finance and Controlling in the future Automotive group sector starting 1 January, 2022. Dürrfeld succeeds Nikolai Setzer, who assumed the role within the executive board on an interim basis following the departure of Wolfgang Schäfer, as the company communicated on 17 November, 2021. Since that time, Dürrfeld has already held the provisional management of these areas below the executive board. In a further move, the supervisory board extended the appointment of Ariane Reinhart, executive board member for Human Relations and Sustainability and director of Labour Relations, ahead of schedule. Having been due to expire in September, 2022, her appointment has been extended by a further three years until September, 2025. “With Katja Dürrfeld, we have appointed a very successful manager with deep ties to the company and a wealth of experience to head Finance and IT,” said Continental chairman, Wolfgang Reitzle. Dürrfeld started her career at Continental in 1997 and held several operational positions in IT, marketing, sales, logistics, auditing and purchasing before becoming head of Systems & Standards in Continental Group’s Finance department in 2008.
In 2013, she took over as head of Group Audit and in 2018 she switched to the ContiTech business area as head of Finance, Controlling and IT.