Andrea Somorova has returned to Continental Tyre Malaysia as Managing Director, effective January 2022.
Andrea Somorova to Return to Malaysia as MD
Somorova was previously working for Continental in Taiwan, where she was General Manager. In total, she has worked for 23 years at the Continental Group and has dedicated 18 of those years in Asia. This period includes a six-year stint in Malaysia from 2004 to 2010.
A native of Slovakia, Somorova started her career with the Continental Group in 1999 in Slovakia. She then moved to Continental in Germany before assuming managerial roles in Asia,including in Malaysia, and other APAC markets.
While in Taiwan, Somorova steered Continental to achieve the highest brand awareness among its Asia Pacific markets. She also led the team through one of its most challenging periods during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Somorova attributes her lasting tenure at Continental Group to the company being a dynamic company with a nurturing work culture. She said, “It has been an amazing journey for me in the Continental Group. The last five years leading the Taiwan business has been nothing short of extraordinary. My experience from Taiwan and beyond will serve me well in Malaysia which presents exciting opportunities for Continental, our team and our customers.”
“I am very excited to return to Malaysia and build on the work done previously. I look forward to guiding Continental Tyre Malaysia on its growth trajectory, working closely with our teams on the ground to deliver innovative tyre solutions to our passengers and commercial vehicle customers. I always welcome new ideas from my team and believe that empowering them through trust, collaboration, and clear communication works best to deliver on our shared goals,” she said.
Andrea Somorova takes over from Samir Gupta, who now oversees the India Operations while continuing to head the Central Asia Region Passenger and Light Truck Tires Replacement Business (PLT RE) at Continental.