Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Sat, Dec 30, 2017 @ 08:00 AM
The 42nd annual Automotive News World Congress takes place January 16 – 17, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, less than a mile from the Cobo Center, the site of the North American International Auto Show (January 13 – 28). The event features the most influential auto industry executives in the world who will share their plans for 2018 and beyond.
Auto industry executives can anticipate growing their network with “the newest players in the business,” reconnecting with industry veterans, increasing their understanding of the industry’s future, and learning how to position their organization for success.
Day One of Programming
Distinguished speakers scheduled for Tuesday, January 16 include:
- Sachin Lulla, global vice president for Automotive Strategy & Solutions Leader, IBM Global Business Services
- Mike Jackson, chairman, CEO & president, AutoNation
- Hinrich Woebcken, president & CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
- Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
- Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu, president, BlackBerry Technology Solutions
- Johan deNysschen, EVP & president, Global Cadillac
- Hiroto Saikawa, president & CEO, Nissan Motor Co.
A networking reception and dinner take place immediately after the long day of speaker presentations, followed by the IHS Markit Loyalty Awards where automotive manufacturers will be recognized for superior performance in customer retention.
A 30-minute presentation by President & CEO Jim Hackett of Ford Motor Company concludes the day’s business programming before attendees relax at the scheduled “Afterglow” celebration.
More Programming for Auto Industry Executives
The second day of the congress, January 17, begins with a continental breakfast, followed by more distinguished speakers:
- Felix Kuhnert, Global Automotive Leader, PwC
- Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America
- Masahiro Moro, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations and managing executive officer, Mazda Motor Corporation
- Klaus Zellmer, president & CEO, Porsche Cars NA
After a mid-morning break, programming continues with a Suppliers Panel Session at 11:00 am featuring Bill Foy, senior vice president of Engineering, Denso International America, Inc.; Julie Fream, president & CEO, OESA; and Ramzi Hermiz, president & CEO, Shiloh Industries.
According to event promoters, “traditional auto suppliers are undergoing a great transformation at this high-stakes moment in automotive history. With so much uncertainty about the future of technology and mobility — even the very definition of what an automaker does — suppliers are rethinking the challenges they face and the potential they see.”
More speakers follow:
- Chris Bangle, Managing Director, Chris Bangle Associates s.r.l.
- Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist, Cox Automotive
- Swamy Kotagiri, chief technology officer & president, Magna Electronics, Magna International Inc.
A panel discussion, “The Future of NAFTA,” is the next item of programming to showcase more auto industry executives:
- Óscar Albin, president, Industria Nacional de Autopartes A.C.
- Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III, chairman, McLarty Associates
- Flavio Volpe, president, Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association
- Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman, Martinrea International Inc.
Business programming draws to a close with a presentation by President & CEO Håkan Samuelsson of Volvo Car Corporation.
The event transitions to a networking reception, dinner and the presentation of the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy to Michael Andretti from Andretti Autosport.
Finally, CEO Carlos Tavares of PSA Groupe delivers closing remarks to conclude the congress for auto industry executives.
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