-- Ford Motor Company President and CEO,
Alan Mulally, and Volkswagen of America Inc. President and
Jacoby, are among 30 influential automotive industry leaders
share their perspectives and predictions during the 2008
World Congress. The four-day annual event is slated for
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 24 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance
in Detroit, Mich.
conference opens with a 5:30 p.m. reception on Monday, followed
morning into evening individual presentations, panel discussions
keynote speakers on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. -
9:30 p.m. An
8:30 a.m. Thursday tour of the North American International
caps the conference.
by IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Automotive News World
Congress is presented in cooperation with Center for Automotive
the executives who will join Mulally and Jacoby in
than 800 expected attendees are:
P. Czarnecki, Executive Vice President, Penske Corporation
Dr. Pawan Goenka, President (Automotive Sector)
& Member of the Group Management Board, Mahindra
Dean Harlow, President, Ricardo, Inc.
Roland Hwang, Vehicles Policy Director, Natural
Resources Defense Council
William Kozyra, President and CEO, Continental Automotive
Systems North America, Continental AG
Derrick M. Kuzak, Group Vice President, Global Product
Development, The Americas, Ford Motor Company
Chris Lacey, Executive Director, Central & Eastern
Europe, General Motors
Dr. Byron McCormick, Executive Director - Fuel Cell
Activities, GM Powertrain
Mark McNabb, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing,
Nissan North America Inc.
Deborah Wahl Meyer, Vice President and Chief Marketing
Officer, Chrysler LLC
Margo Oge, Director, Office of Transportation and
Air Quality, United States Environmental Protection
Randy Ortiz, General Manager, Ford and Lincoln Mercury
Sales, Ford Motor Company
Bill Reinert, National Alternative Fuel Vehicle
Manager, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.
Sanjay Rishi, Global Automotive Industry Leader,
IBM Global Business Services
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman and CEO, W.L. Ross
& Co. LLC
Sheldon Sandler, President and CEO, Bel Air Partners,
Dave Schembri, President, smart USA
Mark Templin, Group Vice President and General Manager,
Lexus Division, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Liz Vanzura, Global Marketing Director, Cadillac,
Dale Willey, Chairman, National Automobile Dealers
Mary Ann Wright, Chief Executive Officer Vice President
and General Manager Hybrid Systems Group, Johnson
Controls - Saft Advanced Power Solutions LLC Johnson
for the concurrent afternoon panel programs on Tuesday
Wednesday, Jan. 22 and 23, are:
industry's green movement: the opportunities and
challenges of going green will be analyzed; specifically
how the industry will meet regulatory mandates and
consumer expectations for more fuel efficient, environmentally
Issues impacting dealers: the discussion will explore
automotive retailing, especially how the distribution
network is evolving to meet the needs of tomorrow's
Marketing and sales initiatives: the dialogue will
focus on how automakers are developing and incorporating
individualized marketing and the intricacies of
reaching today's technologically savvy consumers
- in a seemingly effortless manner.
Overseas market growth: automakers and suppliers
will share advice on finding the right partners
and properly structuring relationships for growth
in the hot "opportunity" markets of Russia,
India and China.
of the Polk Loyalty Awards will be announced during Tuesday
evening's Automotive News World Congress dinner program.
dinner program will highlight the Automotive News/PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shareholder Value Awards and the presentation of the BorgWarner
and Driver Trophies.
early-bird registration fee for all four days of the Automotive
World Congress is $1,395 by Nov. 30. The registration fee
beginning Dec. 1 and the daily rate is $975. Dinner-only
the Tuesday and Wednesday evening programs are $195 per
person or $1,850
for a table of ten. A full agenda, speaker background and
registration are available at www.autonews.com/worldcongress.
questions, contact CAR by phone at 866- 374-6227 (U.S. only)
734-929-0498, by fax at 734-662-5736 or via e-mail at
sponsors for the 2008 Automotive News World Congress are
BorgWarner, i2, International Automotive Components, JATO,
Publishing, Microsoft, OESA, R.L. Polk & Company, State
of Kentucky and
the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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