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Driving the future – a podcast series

Fueled by such factors as the climate crisis and the digital revolution, the automotive industry is transforming rapidly. A typical automotive company today faces the task of transforming from a component manufacturer or assembler to a software and technology company, while also navigating electrification and the race to sustainability.

At the same time, the company may well be striving to become a mobility player, to move from a siloed economy towards an open, flexible shared partner ecosystem, and to reduce time to market by accelerating automation and efficiency.

And, of course, the company simultaneously needs to keep making cars, and to ensure that existing assets are still performant.

Challenges like these call for enterprise-wide agility coupled with rapid innovation.

Rethinking innovation

Fortunately, it’s become apparent that the best and fastest way to innovate is often the simplest.

Innovation does not have to mean invention; often, it just consists of reusing a good idea in a different context. For example, software transformation is, to a large extent, about combining the techniques and practices of engineering and IT. Nothing fundamentally new is invented; rather, existing techniques are applied differently.

However, it’s also being realized that the traditional company structure isn’t always the most favorable to innovation. In response, some automotive companies are setting up their own software subsidiaries – Lynk & Co is a great example. These startup-style organizations can attract top (and scarce) talent, as well as excel at innovation.

Buckle yourself in. It’s time to start Driving the Future. Tune in to our podcast now!



Jean-Marie Lapeyre

EVP and Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Global Automotive Industry
Jean-Marie Lapeyre works with automotive clients to develop and launch actionable technology strategies to help them succeed in a data and software-driven world.

Joonas Laine


John Sparrefors

Account Executive Geely Group Brands and Automotive and Manufacturing Expert
John Sparrefors is a Director at Capgemini and currently holds the position as Account Executive for Geely Group Brands, including brands such as Lynk & Co, Polestar and Lotus Cars. Furthermore, John is an automotive and manufacturing SME with a niche skillset on the Chinese automotive market; having lived in China for 3 years, being the Head of Nordic Automotive and Manufacturing sector in Asia Pacific.

Ralf Blessmann

Executive Vice President and Head of Automotive Division, Germany
Ralf Blessmann leads the automotive sector in Germany. Sustainability and data sovereignty are his priority topics and key to help automotive clients in transforming their business.

Pascal Feillard

Head of Business Transformation, Capgemini Engineering
Pascal draws on his many years of experience in the Automotive industry in his current position, where he is responsible for ensuring that Capgemini‘s partnerships facilitate software-driven transformation in order to give automotive clients the future that they and their customers want.

Dr. Philipp Haaf

e-Mobility Specialist, Capgemini Invent
As the Head of Electric Mobility at Capgemini Invent, Philipp Haaf is an acknowledged thought leader in electric mobility. He draws on 11 years’ experience in this rapidly changing area to help automotive OEMs and suppliers seize what he describes as the infinite opportunities of digital transformation.