In most ways, Jim Hill would be considered a progressive leader.
The CEO of Continental's ContiTech North American operations is the head of a business that shows solid results year after year. By all accounts he is well-liked by his staff and colleagues.
In other ways, however, Hill may be considered "old school." He's spent more than three decades in the hose, belt and automotive segments. During that time, he stayed put but the company name kept changing. He was with the Goodyear Engineered Products Group for years. When that was spun off and sold to private equity, the name on the business became Veyance Technologies.
And then Continental bought Veyance in a $2 billion deal that closed in 2015, Hill took on a more visible "face of the business" role as the CEO for ContiTech's business in North America.
He also acknowledged that there are other ways he may be viewed as "old school." In his keynote address at the Rubber News Hose & Belt Manufacturers Conference, he shared that he believes there is much good to be had from having people together in an office situation so they can collaborate and bounce ideas off each other.