– USA, MA – Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ: CRNC), AI for a world in motion, today announced the appointment of most recent EVP and leader of the Core Products business, Dr. Stefan Ortmanns to its Board of Directors as president and CEO, effective immediately. succeeding Sanjay Dhawan, who has resigned from the company.
“Cerence has become a major player in advancing AI for mobility and no one understands the business better than StefanAs the original architect of the business and with his deep customer insights, Stefan has proven to the Board that he is the right person to take this company forward. With responsibility for more than 80 percent of the company’s revenue today, he already has the full confidence of the global Cerence team and its Board,” said Board Chairman, Arun Sarin.
About Dr. Stefan Ortmanns
Ortmanns has a proven track record of successfully leading strategy, technology roadmaps, customer commitments, and global teams at Clarence. As CEO, Dr. Ortmanns will prioritize enhancing Cerence operations to foster a collaborative and energized workforce that is dedicated to product innovation, speed of execution, customer success, and sustainable growth.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to guide Cerence’s continued success, and I look forward to collaborating with the Cerence leadership team and our employees,” said Dr. Stefan Ortmanns. “Over more than two decades, this team has led innovation and growth for conversational AI in automotive and mobility. Together, we will seek to drive the company to new heights.”
About Stefan Ortmanns
Stefan Ortmanns previously led Cerence’s Core Products business as executive vice president & general manager, overseeing Cerence’s research & development operations, product management, and strategic partnership management. During his more than 20-year career at Cerence and previously Nuance Communications and Phillips Speech Processing, Ortmanns has constructed a course for business growth from $1 million to nearly $400 million. He is largely credited for being the architect of the company’s core product lines, including voice recognition, natural language understanding, and text-to-speech technologies. Ortmanns initially joined Nuance in 2003 after the Philips acquisition where he was responsible for hybrid, conversational AI-powered solutions for its digital car and automotive-related services, which almost all of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers now use. Before these roles, he held positions at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and the University of Technology Aachen.
Dr. Ortmanns holds degrees in mechanical engineering, computer science, and a Ph.D. in computer science from RWTH Aachen University.
About Cerence Inc.
Cerence is the global industry leader in creating unique, moving experiences for the mobility world. As an innovation partner to the world’s leading automakers and mobility OEMs, it is helping advance the future of connected mobility through intuitive, powerful interaction between humans and their cars, two-wheelers, and even elevators, connecting consumers’ digital lives to their daily journeys no matter where they are. Cerence’s track record is built on more than 20 years of knowledge and more than 400 million cars shipped with Cerence technology. Whether it’s connected cars, autonomous driving, e-vehicles, or buildings, Cerence is mapping the road ahead.
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