Thierry Wipff sometimes has a bit of an issue with his employees: “They work when I sleep, and they sleep when I work,” he says, laughing. As Head of Manufacturing for Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires, the Frenchman is namely responsible for eight plants that are scattered across the globe.
And Wipff has a vision: “I would like all the production locations to pull together, exchange experiences, and learn from one another.” Mutual communication among the different locations is very important to him. He himself also likes to walk through the plants and talk to people. He calls his method “walk and talk.”
At the start of his career, Wipff wasn’t sure whether he could feel enthusiastic about commercial vehicle tires. “Today,” he says, “I understand why our employees have such a passion for commercial vehicle tires. We make tires that we can be proud of.”
You can watch his video here.