CONNECTED CAR & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING EXECUTIVE
Sajjad Khan, 45
Board Member for CASE (Connected/Autonomous/Shared/Electric), Mercedes
TITLE: Board Member for CASE (Connected/Autonomous/Shared/Electric)
BASED: Sindelfingen, Germany
After receiving an IT degree, Khan started his auto industry career at Daimler in 2001. He was named director of supplier Magna International’s e-car and electronics unit in 2007 and four years later moved to BMW, rising to head of connected drive. In 2015 Khan rejoined Daimler, where he has led digital vehicle and mobility on the Mercedes-Benz board.
REASON FOR WINNING
Khan created a winner with Mercedes-Benz’s new intelligent multimedia dashboard, which is called MBUX, short for Mercedes-Benz User Experience. MBUX comes standard in all A-class compact cars and is steadily being added to the automaker’s entire lineup. Two-thirds of all A-class customers order the high-end version of MBUX, which features advanced natural language recognition, learns and adapts to the driver over time, and can be updated over the air.