At the online December 2nd DVN Workshop, longtime vehicle lighting rock star Geoff Draper announced his successor as GTB President, Valter Genone.
Geoff’s impending retirement is well-earned; his achievements in this field are many and storied. We’ve got an interview with him this week; he shares thoughts on his 12 years at GTB’s helm, his views on the challenges we face, and his departing messages to the DVN community.
We personally and professionally thank Geoff for his stellar job at GTB, and for his relentless drive to advance the state of the art and—surely more than anyone in recent memory—the state of vehicle lighting regulations thoughout most of the world. We wish him and his wife Ann many delightful years minus the stress and strain of dealing with flights to far-flung meetings, and without the frustration of intransigent regulators certain their ideas are right and the international consensus is wrong. Geoff, relax and enjoy doing whatever you want—you certainly deserve it!
Two points of important DVN information:
• Today the DVN Report on Audi’s lighting is released. This report emphasises the wondeful lighting innovations from Audi and describes the individual vehicles in Audi’s model range, with a detailed scrutiny of front, rear, and interior lighting on each model.
• I believe that Lighting will play an exciting part in shaping the Future of Automotive Driving. The fine-grained, scholarly DVN Study on New Lighting Functions 2020-2030, thoughtfully built by eight senior automotive lighting experts, will help you orienting your company strategic choices—Truly, I think this is my greatest work at DVN. The new lighting functions now in development and coming onstream will also be the main challenges we face in the next decade; if you haven’t yet done so, hurry and get your copy. For orders received before the end of this year 2020, we will send you 2 beautiful paper copies of this study for your company VIPs.