Pakistani origin Sajjad Khan, Chief Technology Officer at Mercedes Benz to join Porsche

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Sajjad Khan, Mercedes Benz’s chief technology officer to leave the company as per the official company statement. Khan will leave on September 1 at his own request. Pakistani origin (from Karachi) Sajjad Khan will join the sports cars maker company, PORSCHE.

Khan was responsible to lead the automaker’s CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Sharing/Services, Electric) unit. Additionally, he played a significant role in the creation of the company’s MBUX user interface software and the hyperscreen touchscreen for the company’s flagship Mercedes EQS sedan.

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Porsche is planning a big new and significant hire, Pakistani origin Sajjad Khan will be added to the executive board of the sports car manufacturer owned by the Volkswagen Group. Before leaving to start a venture capital fund a year ago, Khan served as chief technology officer at Mercedes-Benz, a competing company. Khan, 48, will largely concentrate on automotive technology, Porsche announced in a statement.

According to the statement from Porsche:

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, made the following statement: “We strongly believe that the intended expansion of our Executive Board will further promote the successful development of our company.” Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, said this: “We look forward to being able to welcome Sajjad Khan, a proven digital expert, to the Board and thereby to strengthen our IT team in a critical position. Our industry is experiencing the greatest transformation in its history. We laid the strategic groundwork very early on. Our focus now is on implementation, which we want to continue to drive forward together with Sajjad Khan.”

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Khan is a recognized expert in the field of creating intelligent software for automobiles. Blume is also happy that the Pakistani-born German citizen will provide advising support to the Volkswagen Group as well. Up to August 2021, Khan spent more than six years working at Mercedes-Benz. Most recently, he was a member of the board of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division. He was in charge of development in the fields of connectivity, autonomy, shared and services, and electricity in his capacity as chief technology officer (CASE). Khan worked for the BMW Group from 2011 to 2015, serving as vice president and overseeing the company’s global Connected Drive initiatives.

Khan would be a significant addition to the executive group under Olive Blume, who took over as CEO of VW on Thursday while continuing in his position as Porsche chief. Khan, a recognized leader in the digital space, will support Porsche’s IT group at a crucial time. Khan, a German citizen and native of Pakistan, spent more than six years working at Mercedes before August 2021. He worked for BMW from 2011 to 2015, overseeing the company’s Connected Drive initiatives.

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Sajjad Khan

On October 30, 1973, Sajjad Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan.Khan graduated from NED UET Karachi and then moved to Germany. Sajjad Khan joined DaimlerChrysler AG in 2001 after earning a master’s degree in information and communication technology, concentrating in product engineering and working on his first worldwide projects. Before switching to the materials purchasing department in 2004, where he purchased electronic components for cars, he worked on a variety of initiatives there in the realm of entertainment.

In 2007, Sajjad Khan relocated to Magna, where he served as director for the e-car and electronics business in addition to cross-sectional responsibilities in global procurement.He worked at BMW Group AG from 2011 to 2015, rising to the position of vice president and overseeing the Connected Drive system globally.

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