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Aptiv hires Microsoft exec Sophia Velastegui as chief product officer

Automotive technology supplier Aptiv on Tuesday named former Microsoft executive Sophia Velastegui as its new chief product officer.

Velastegui will start on Feb. 1 and report directly to CEO Kevin Clark, said Aptiv spokeswoman Sarah McKinney.

The announcement comes shortly after the company agreed to pay $4.3 billion for software firm Wind River, strengthening its grip on software integration in automobiles.

Velastegui will be based out of the Boston office and will work closely with the Wind River team in order to “strengthen Aptiv’s full-stack offerings with unique cloud-native products and services,” McKinney said in a statement to Automotive News.

“With her expertise and the talented team of engineers she leads, Aptiv will continue to accelerate the industry and society’s transition to a software-defined future,” Clark said in a statement.

Before working at Microsoft, Velastegui headed Nest’s Silicon and Architecture Roadmap team, staying with the group after it was acquired by Google to help scale up the organization. She has also worked for Apple, leading a team that leveraged artificial intelligence and machine learning across all of Apple’s advanced technology platforms.

“The next wave of growth for automotive will come from the software-defined vehicle,” Velastegui said in Aptiv’s statement. “I am excited to join Aptiv at this pivotal moment.”

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