Becoming the Heart and Soul of the Digital Car
Since the advent of the automobile, people have had an emotional connection to their cars. Whether it’s the pride of purchase, the thrill of speed, or the nostalgia of family memories, drivers are deeply invested in their experience on the road.
We believe that the core of this connection in today’s modern car is its digital soul, the increasingly high-tech experience that takes both literal and figurative center stage. That’s why we’re dedicated to building the world’s smartest, fastest and most exciting voice assistants that define state-of the-art for the in-car experience.
We’re the first word in automotive voice and AI innovation, but we go far beyond.
Cerence is the world’s leading provider of automotive assistants, creating intelligent, flexible and intuitive in-car experiences for the world’s leading automakers. With deep integration with the car itself and the flexibility to bring drivers’ expansive digital life into the car, we stand in a league of our own.
As Chief Product Officer, Nils Schanz leads Cerence’s core mobility products, leading its digital cabin strategy, product portfolio, and customer delivery across the company’s global operations. A respected and accomplished automotive and AI technology leader, Nils joined Cerence from Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler, where he developed the highly regarded MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the automaker’s intuitive, high-tech multimedia system, and launched other widely acclaimed innovations such as the award-winning MBUX Hyperscreen and the Voice Assistant “Hey Mercedes.” He most recently served as Global Head of User Interaction & Voice Control, leading a cross-functional team with global responsibility for digital user interface and user experience. Prior to his most recent role, Nils held a variety of positions at Daimler and Mercedes-Benz in R&D, Product Management, and Marketing. In addition to his Germany-based roles, he also spent time in Silicon Valley as Director of IoT & Wearables at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America.
As Chief Revenue Officer, Bob Ligon is responsible for our worldwide sales, sales engineering, and marketing organizations, leading our go-to-market strategy and driving pipeline growth. An accomplished and tenured automotive technology sales executive, Bob joined Cerence following a more than 10-year tenure at ZF Group, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining ZF Group, Mr. Ligon spent nearly 20 years at Continental in progressing sales and leadership positions. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Walsh College, and he completed the University of Michigan’s Executive Leadership Program. Mr. Ligon is also a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA)’s Sales & Marketing Council and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Dr. Ir. Christophe Couvreur serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cerence’s core products, responsible for product management and working in lockstep with our R&D and professional services teams worldwide. Prior to his product leadership roles at Cerence, Christophe served in a variety of senior positions at Nuance Communications in research, engineering, project/program management and general management, all focused on bringing innovative speech and AI products to market in the Automotive, Mobile and Gaming areas. Before Nuance, Christophe worked at Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research. He also served as a Lieutenant in the Belgian Air Force. Christophe holds a PhD in Applied Science from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium), MSc's in engineering from UIUC and in mathematics from UCL, and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.
More than 450 MILLION Cars with Cerence Technology
That’s 1 in every 2 cars in the world!