"She is a respected leader and is a technical expert in many areas that are the focus of our future growth," Nikolai Setzer, CEO of Continental AG, said in a news release. "Aruna's dedication to our customers and our employees will help guide the success of Continental in the important North American market."
Anand joined the automotive supplier in 1997 and ascended to vice president, architecture and networking for North America, a position she will retain.
Continental, whose traditional business is in braking and tires, is looking to reinvent itself as the automotive industry embraces EVs and automated technology. In addition to its core business, the company is building out its portfolio of telematics and smart mobility offerings, including radars, cameras and LIDAR sensors.
Anand, who was named to Automotive News' list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry in 2020, earned her bachelor's degree for electrical engineering from Anna University in India and her master's degree in computer science and engineering from Oakland University near Detroit.
"It is an honor to be selected as automotive president and CEO for North America," Anand said in the release. "I look forward to leading our talented team toward a bright future and providing our customers with leading technological solutions."
Continental, based in Hanover, Germany, ranks No. 8 on the Automotive News list of top 100 global suppliers, with worldwides sales to automakers of $22.4 billion in 2021.