VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) today announced that Martin T. Thall, a former Verizon and Microsoft executive with extensive in-vehicle technology experience, has been named executive vice president and president of Visteon Electronics, a business unit of the global automotive supplier. Thall succeeds Steve Meszaros, who has led Visteon's electronics business since 2005 and who will leave the company at the end of this year to pursue other career opportunities.
Thall, 52, has spent the last decade of his 30-year technology career focused on improving the driving experience through the development of in-vehicle solutions. After 14 years in software engineering and systems integration roles at Digital Equipment, Thall served 12 years in leadership roles at Microsoft, the last four as vice president and general manager, automotive and embedded operating systems. Previously, Thall was vice president of Microsoft's communications sector, responsible for business with wireline, wireless, cable and media companies worldwide. After leaving Microsoft in 2008, he founded and served as CEO of Vehicle ICT Corporation, consulting with automakers, suppliers and technology companies. Most recently, Thall was a vice president at Verizon Communications, responsible for telematics services strategy, acquisition and integration.Visteon President and CEO Timothy D. Leuliette thanked Meszaros for his contributions over the past eight years, and described Thall as a uniquely qualified leader with exceptional credentials to lead the company's electronics business into the future. "Marty's rare blend of consumer electronics and automotive experience is ideally suited to lead and grow our electronics business during a period of rapid change in this segment," Leuliette said. "The automobile has become the world's largest mobile device, and we are confident that under Marty's leadership, Visteon will expand its position as a leader in helping automakers integrate consumer electronics into the vehicle in innovative ways that are driver-friendly and cost-effective, while mitigating distraction."