Director of Automotive Solutions, Harman Connected Services
Stefan Balkowiec is the Director of Automotive Solutions for Harman Connected Services responsible for European solution development and product management for; HCAT HMI Solution & Echo Cancelations and Noise Reduction software. He is a widely respected consultant and public speaker on connected infotainment strategy and transformation. Stefan has over 20 years’ experience in consumer and automotive product development and management. Prior to his current position Stefan worked at NAVTEQ (Nokia) as Director Product Management Automotive Services with global business responsibility for automotive products and solutions for location based automotive service APIs and applications like; TPEG traffic, Local Search, Parking Payment and HTML5 applications. His creative, technical and business experience provides a unique perspective on the multi dimensional problems the connected car encounters. Before joining NAVTEQ Stefan was the Program Manager for OnStar Europe and B2C web platform. During which he had responsibility to deliver the end-to-end enterprise solution for Opel’s next generation online telematics and navigation systems, delivering a multi channel user experience. He also had European responsibility to consolidate onto a single platform the fragmented Opel and SAAB B2C web presence, across 36 different business units. Prior to joining OnStar Europe Stefan was the Project Manager for the award winning Psion ‘Revo’ PDA as well as the ‘Siena’ and sub-netbook ‘Series7’ which was in production for 8 years! Stefan Hold a first class honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Product Design from Coventry University, UK.