Peter Willemsen

Career History

07.2014-TODAY Hella Shanghai Electronics (China)
Senior Vice President / Head of Technical Center Hella China Electronics

  • Lead of Technical Center China including Program Management, Development
  • Multiple location responsibility (Shanghai, Nanjing, Xiamen, Ho Chi Minh)
  • More than 50 Mio EUR annual Development budget with more than 600 employees
  • Direct program responsibility of yearly sales revenue of more than 500 Mio EUR
  • Setup of comprehensive KPI tracking system to monitor D&D efficiency improvement
  • Drive of Cost reduction program with more than 5 Mio EUR annual saving in 2015
  • Lead of Business Development as organisational unit within the Technical Center -Setup of advanced engineering team, strengthening of functional safety department
  • Fully locally developed 16bit SW platform and roll out in BCM and Keyless Entry System for local OEMs

07.2011-06.2014 Hella Shanghai Electronics, Nanjing Branch (China)
Program Management Director

  • Responsibility for overall location setup in Nanjing Technical Center
  • Build up of local program management and development teams starting from zero in 2011 to an achieved headcount of 110 in 2014
  • Establishment of Energy Management and Driver Assistance Systems as new product groups for Hella in China with sales of 80M Euro in 2018

06.2009-06.2011 Mando Hella Electronics Corp. (JV), Incheon (Korea)
R&D Manager Driver Assistance Systems (DAS)

  • Product management for the Korean market for DAS with annual sales of 60M Euro in 2015
  • Build up of local team and product know how, resulting in introduction of new, fully locally developed and manufactured products
  • Establishment of Domain structure, Development process guidelines, project cost controlling tools
  • Management of interests between the German and Korean JV partners regarding driver assistance systems

04.2007-05.2009 Continental AG/Body and Chassis Electronics, Shanghai (China)
R&D Director Car Access Systems

  • Management of teams for Software, Hardware, Mechanical Design and Testing with more than 50 people
  • Program Management responsibility for more than 10 projects in parallel with a total annual R&D budget of more than 5M Euro and annual sales of more than 20M Euro
  • Coordination of Asian OEM low cost development activities for Car Access Systems

01.2005-03.2007 Siemens VDO/Body and Chassis Electronics, Regensburg (Germany)
Project Manager, Remote keyless entry and Smart Key

  • Asian OEMs
  • Commercial and technical responsibility for Suzuki, Honda and Mazda transmitter development (Combined >4M Euro budget and estimated lifetime sales of more than 60M Euro, successful SOP within QCT targets)
  • Introduction of low cost supplier base for decorative plastics in China

01.2003–01.2005 Siemens AG Erlangen (Germany), Siemens Graduate Program (SGP)
Management Trainee Program for University Graduates
Three assignments within two year period in different functions and locations

05.2004-12.2004: SGP 3rd assignment: Siemens VDO/Carbody Electronics, Regensburg (Germany)

  • Project Manager, Ford Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Systems
  • Successful acquisition of new programs with annual sales > 5M Euro

09.2003-04.2004: SGP 2nd assignment: Siemens VDO K.K./Carbody Electronics, Tokyo (Japan)

  • Business Development Manager, China Business
  • Market potential evaluation for Carbody Electronics in China including preparation of product and market entry strategy for China

01.2003-08.2003: SGP 1st assignment: Siemens VDO AG / Powertrain, Frankfurt (Germany)

  • Business Development Manager, Oil Level Sensors



10.2000-02.2002 Sophia University, Tokyo (Japan)

  • Student at the Sophia University under the Monbusho scholarship
  • Business Administration and Japanese Language studies, A-Level marks

04.1996-10.2002 TU Berlin (Germany)

  • Industrial Engineering and Management, Focus on Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation with A-Level marks (1.5)
  • Teaching Counsel for SW development (Database Programming) at the institute of informatics


Language Skills

  • German+English: Native / Business Fluent
  • Japanese+Chinese: Fluent conversational skills