David J. Breen
US Automotive Sector Leader and
Managing Partner of Greater Michigan

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

David J. Breen

David Breen is the managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Greater Michigan (Michigan and Northwest Ohio) practice and is the U.S. Automotive sector leader.

Mr. Breen has been with PwC for more than 34 years and was admitted to the Partnership in 1986. Mr. Breen returned to Greater Michigan after serving three-plus years as the operations leader for the U.S. Assurance practice, leading its regional operations - comprised of more than 14.000 people in over 60 offices - and its finance organization.

Prior to his national management role, Mr. Breen was an Assurance partner in Detroit holding several roles including more than 10 years as the Assurance leader for PwC's Michigan and other regional practices, while serving as the partner on large, multi-national SEC registrants in Detroit. Mr. Breen was also elected to the firm's Board of Partners and Principals and chaired its Risk Management and Ethics Committee and its Accounting and Auditing Committee.

Dave Breen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants; serves on the Board of Visitors of the School of Business of Wayne State University and on the Board of Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network; and, prior to his national management role, served other local community organizations.

Mr. Breen has a B.A. from Wayne State University.

Dr. Andrew Brown Jr., P.E., NAE
Executive Director & Chief Technologist, Innovation & Technology
Delphi Corporation

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is Executive Director & Chief Technologist for Delphi Corporation. Delphi is a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems, including powertrain, safety, steering, thermal, and controls & security systems, electrical/electronic architecture, and in-car entertainment technologies. Engineered to meet and exceed the rigorous standards of the automotive industry, Delphi technology is also found in computing, communications, consumer electronics, energy and medical applications. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, Delphi has approximately 169,500 employees and operates 156 wholly owned manufacturing sites in 34 countries with sales of $22.3 billion in 2007.

As Executive Director & Chief Technologist, Dr. Brown provides leadership on corporate innovation and technology issues to help achieve profitable competitive advantage. He also represents Delphi globally in outside forums on matters of innovation and technology including government and regulatory agencies, customers, alliance partners, vendors, contracting agencies, academia, etc. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Brown had responsibility for common policies, practices, processes and performance across Delphi's 17,000 member technical community globally and its budget of $2.0 billion, including establishing Delphi's global engineering footprint with new centers in Poland, India, China, Mexico, etc.

Dr. Brown came to Delphi from the GM Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, where he was Director-Strategic Futures. Also, he served as a Manager of Saturn Car Facilities from 1985 to 1987. At Saturn, he was on the Site Selection Team and responsible for the conceptual design and engineering of this innovative manufacturing facility.

Dr. Brown began his GM career as a Project Engineer at Manufacturing Development in 1973. He progressed in the engineering field as a Senior Project Engineer, Staff Development Engineer, and manager of R&D for the Manufacturing Staff. During this period, he worked on manufacturing processes and systems with an emphasis on energy systems, productivity improvement and environmental efficiency. Before joining GM, he supervised process development at Allied-Signal Corporation, now Honeywell, Incorporated, in Morristown, New Jersey.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971. He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Wayne State in 1975 and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering focused on energy and environmental engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1978. He completed the Penn State Executive Management Course in 1979. A registered Professional Engineer, Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate of Engineering in September 1992.

He currently serves or has served on the boards of the following organizations--Ford Design Institute, Society of Automotive Engineers Inc., Engineering Society of Detroit, Convergence Education Foundation, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Convergence Transportation Electronics Foundation, National Council of Engineering Examiners, State of Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, WSU College of Engineering Board of Advisors. Dr. Brown has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). He is also the only Delphi member of the National Academy of Engineers and was recently appointed to the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees.

Heidi Browning
Senior Vice President, Insight & Planning

Heidi Browning

Heidi Browning is the senior vice president, insight & planning for MySpace. MySpace is a social portal that connects people, content and culture worldwide. Their mission is to deliver strategic, innovative and measurable social marketing experiences that build and cultivate relationships between brands and consumers. With over 18 years of marketing and advertising experience, Ms. Browning brings a valuable mix of client and agency know-how to the MySpace team. A seasoned veteran of both the interactive and traditional advertising business, she has worked with leading companies and clients across a variety of industry categories including entertainment, telecom, financial services, consumer packaged goods, automotive and educational services.

In her role, Ms. Browning oversees client marketing strategy, consumer insights and analytics, marketing communications, and trade marketing. Through the integration of research, strategy, creative and technology, Heidi Browning and her team develop immersive social marketing experiences to engage MySpace's highly sought-after influencer audience.

Ms. Browning led client solutions for Fox Interactive Media where her team provided centralized marketing services to MySpace, IGN, Fox, American Idol.com, Photobucket and Fox Sports. Prior to joining Fox Interactive Media and MySpace, Ms. Browning was an interactive marketing veteran as executive director of media at Omnicom's Organic, Inc.

Heidi Browning holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in International Affairs.

Marcus Chao
Lean Enterprise China

Marcus Chao

Dr. Marcus Chao is the founder & CEO of Lean Enterprise China (LEC), an affiliate of Lean Global Network. LEC is a non-profit organization aiming at promoting and educating lean practices in Greater China.

Dr. Chao has over 30 years of management experience in global corporations. His background covers materials, engineering, manufacturing, supply management, and business development. He retired from Delphi Global Supply Management in 2005. Prior to that, Dr. Chao was president of Delphi China from 1995-2001. Dr. Chao's expertise includes leadership, business development, supply management, quality system and lean transformation.

Dr. Chao received a bachelor degree in Taiwan and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas. He also received a MBA from Wayne State University.

Dr. Chao is an active leader in Asian American communities. He served as the president of the Association of Chinese Americans and the Detroit Chinese Professional and Academic Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tong Xing International, the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and the Wu Manufacturing for Excellence Foundation.

Donald V. Esmond
Senior Vice President, Automotive Operations
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Donald V. Esmond

Don Esmond is senior vice president, automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.

Mr. Esmond is responsible for all TMS automotive operations, including the Toyota Division, the Lexus Division, sales administration, Toyota Logistics Services, Toyota Motor Sales de Mexico and Toyota de Puerto Rico.

Mr. Esmond joined Toyota in 1982 and served as corporate fleet and truck manager, and national fleet manager. He became vice president of field sales for Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, in 1989. He later served as vice president of the large car sales team where he launched the new Camry. He held the position of group vice president of the Toyota Sales Division and most recently was senior vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.

Prior to joining Toyota, Don Esmond had a 12-year career with Ford Motor Company, where he held various field positions, including national account executive, assistant and general field manager for the Seattle Lincoln-Mercury District sales office, merchandising manager and zone manager at the Los Angeles District sales office.

Additionally, Mr. Esmond spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as captain, naval aviator and helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 45 Air Medals and a Purple Heart. In 1999, Mr. Esmond received the prestigious Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF). The Semper Fidelis Award is presented annually to an individual who has displayed "dedicated and inspirational civic and community leadership." Mr. Esmond was later named as a director of the foundation. In 2006, Esmond was appointed to serve on the Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Mr. Esmond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Jim Farley
Group Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Ford Motor Company

Jim Farley is group vice president of marketing and communications for the Ford Motor Company. He is the company's most senior marketing leader, reporting directly to Alan Mulally, Ford's president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Farley also has direct leadership of U.S. marketing, sales and service for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. In this role, he reports to Mark Fields, executive vice president and president - The Americas.

Jim Farley joined Ford in November 2007. He is leading Ford's drive to connect even more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development, product planning, research, product communications and public relations. The chief marketing office and global communications staffs report to Mr. Farley.

Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Farley was group vice president and general manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota's luxury brand. Before leading Lexus, Mr. Farley served as group vice president of Toyota Division marketing and was responsible for all Toyota Division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives and Internet activities.

Jim Farley joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic-planning department. He served in several product and marketing positions, including Lexus product planner, manager of Toyota truck product planning, manager of the Toyota truck series team marketing and national advertising manager. He also was general manager of product management for Toyota Europe.

Mr. Farley attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and computer science, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his MBA with a focus in finance.

Ron Gettelfinger

Ron Gettelfinger

Ron Gettelfinger was elected to a second term as president of the UAW on June 14, 2006, at the UAW's 34th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. He was first elected to the union's top leadership post at the 33rd Constitutional Convention in 2002.

Mr. Gettelfinger is an outspoken advocate for national single-payer health care that would make health care accessible and affordable for every man, woman and child in the United States. In January 2006, he called for a "Marshall Plan" to renew America's industrial base through incentives to manufacture energy-saving advanced technology vehicles and their key components in the United States. Under Mr. Gettelfinger's leadership, the UAW has continued its fight for fair trade agreements that include provisions for workers' rights and environmental provisions; and the union has loudly criticized the corporate global chase for the lowest wage which creates a race to the bottom that no workers, in any country, can win.

For six years he served as the elected director of UAW Region 3, which represents UAW members in Indiana and Kentucky, before being elected a UAW vice president in 1998. A member of UAW Local 862 since 1964, Mr. Gettelfinger is proud to be called a chassis line repairman. The workers at Ford's Louisville Assembly plant elected Mr. Gettelfinger to represent them as committeeperson, bargaining chair and president.

Ron Gettelfinger is a graduate of Indiana University.

Ralph V. Gilles
Vice President - Design
Chrysler LLC

Ralph V. Gilles

Ralph Gilles is appointed vice president - design, effective Sept. 1, 2008. In his new position, he is responsible for all activities of the Product Design Office. Prior to this position he was vice president -- Jeep(R)/Truck, Advance Interior and Component Design. Mr. Gilles joined Chrysler in 1992 as a designer.

As vice president - Jeep/Truck, Advance Interior and Component Design, Ralph Gilles oversaw the design of the all-new 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans and the 2009 Dodge Ram. Mr. Gilles has led the design teams of the award-winning 2005 Chrysler 300C and the 2005 Dodge Charger, Magnum and Viper SRT10 coupe. During his career at Chrysler, Mr. Gilles served as the primary interior designer for the Viper GTS/R, Dodge Intrepid and the Jeep Jeepster concept vehicles; and the production versions of the 2002 Jeep Liberty and 2003 Dodge Viper.

Mr. Gilles also leads Mopar Underground, a group of enthusiasts that create niche concepts for SEMA and other specialty shows. He also sits on Chrysler's Street & Racing Technology (SRT) Board of Directors and serves as a team leader in the company's Leaders of Today & Tomorrow Program.

Ralph Gilles received a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation Design from the College for Creative Studies in 1992 and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University in 2002.

Linda Hasenfratz
Chief Executive Officer
Linamar Corporation
Original Equipment Suppliers Assocation

Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz was named chief executive officer of Linamar Corporation on August 12, 2002. From April 1999 to August 2002 she was president of Linamar. The company has close to 12,000 employees in 37 manufacturing locations, five research and development centers and nine sales offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, the United Kingdom, China, Korea and Japan.

Ms. Hasenfratz joined Linamar Corporation in July 1990 and embarked on an extensive training program to gain familiarity with all aspects of the business. Positions held in the Corporation range from machine operator all the way up to general manager of the company's Vehcom Manufacturing and Comtech Manufacturing Ltd. Divisions.

Since Ms. Hasenfratz assumed corporate level responsibilities, Linamar sales have grown from $800 million to more than $2.3 billion. The corporation has undergone significant change in terms of formalization, development, communication and execution of a vision and strategy for future growth as well as development of communication, performance management and operating systems utilized throughout the company.

Ms. Hasenfratz completed an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in June 1997. In addition, Ms. Hasenfratz holds an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from the same institution.

Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson
President and Chief Operating Officer
General Motors Corporation

Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson

Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson became GM president and chief operating officer on March 3, 2008. He had been vice chairman and chief financial officer since January 1, 2006.

Reporting to Mr. Henderson in his current position are GM's four regional presidents, as well as the global leaders for powertrain, quality, manufacturing and labor relations, and purchasing and supply chain. Mr. Henderson is a member of GM's Automotive Strategy Board and Automotive Product Board.

Fritz Henderson earned a bachelor of business administration degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1980, with an emphasis in accounting and finance. He was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team in 1978-1979. He also received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1984, where he graduated as a George F. Baker Scholar.

Mr. Henderson started his career at General Motors in 1984 as a senior analyst in the Treasurer's Office in New York. After holding a variety of financial assignments, he was transferred to GMAC in 1989 as director of mortgage banking. He was promoted to several positions of increasing responsibility until becoming GMAC group vice president of finance in Detroit in 1992.

In 1994, he was appointed executive in charge of operations for the former Automotive Components Group in Pontiac, Michigan, and then became a GM vice president and general manager of Delphi Saginaw in May 1996.

From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Henderson was GM vice president and managing director of GM do Brasil with responsibilities for GM operations in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In June 2000, he was named group vice president and president of GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM) headquartered in Florida, and in January 2002, he moved to Singapore as president of GM Asia Pacific. In 2004, Mr. Henderson assumed responsibility for GM's European operations as GM group vice president and chairman of GM Europe, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Earl J. Hesterberg
President and CEO
Group 1 Automotive Inc.

Earl Hesterberg

Earl Hesterberg is a 33 year veteran of the automotive industry with extensive experience in both North America and Europe. He is unique in that he has worked with three of the world's great automobile companies - Ford, Toyota and Nissan - and has manufacturer, independent distributor and retailing experience.

After receiving a B.A. degree in Psychology from Davidson College and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Xavier University, he spent more than seven years with Ford Motor Company in a variety of sales and marketing positions within the Ford Parts and Service Division.

In late 1982, Mr. Hesterberg began a 16 year stint with Nissan Motor Company, Limited. He held a variety of parts and service positions including vice president of Parts and Service for Nissan North America and also served as the first general sales manager of the Infiniti Division. In this role, he was responsible for establishing Infiniti's original U.S. dealer body.

In 1998, Mr. Hesterberg became president and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, the independent distributor responsible for Toyota's operations through 150 dealers in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

In mid-1999, Mr. Hesterberg rejoined Ford Motor Company as a corporate officer serving under Ford of Europe CEO Sir Nick Scheele as vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service. Mr. Hesterberg also served as a Supervisory Board member for Ford Werke, Ford's German subsidiary that includes three of its major vehicle assembly plants.

In 2004, Hesterberg returned to Ford of the Americas to serve as Group Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service where he was responsible for Ford Division, Lincoln-Mercury Division, Ford Customer Service Division, and Ford's direct overseas markets.

Earl Hesterberg currently serves as president and CEO of Group 1 Automotive, Inc., a Houston-based Fortune 500 specialty retailer and a top five-dealer group in the U. S. market. Since joining Group 1, Mr. Hesterberg has led an organizational restructuring that has streamlined the operating model and improved efficiencies. In 2006 Group 1 was recognized by Morgan Stanley as the top performing stock in the automotive retail sector. Concurrently, he has orchestrated an aggressive acquisition and disposition initiative, which has driven significant brand and geographic diversification. As a result of this strategy Group 1 was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal as, "the automotive retailer that has differentiated themselves from the rest of the industry during very difficult economic times."

Mike Jackson
Chairman and CEO

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson is AutoNation's chairman and chief executive officer. He has served as CEO and as a director of the board since September 1999 and chairman of the board since January 1, 2003.

Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, a North American operating unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, a multinational automotive manufacturing company. At Mercedes-Benz, he led a renaissance in the luxury vehicle brand's sales and marketing efforts.

He also has been a dealer, operating as managing partner of Euro Motorcars of Bethesda, Md. from March 1979 to July 1990. The group owned and operated eleven automotive dealership franchises. Most recently named again in 2007, Mr. Jackson is a five-time member of the Automotive News "All-Star Team" of automotive executives and a four-time member of Advertising Age's "Marketing 100." In 2003, Mr. Jackson was named "Industry Leader Of the Year", by the Automotive Hall of Fame. Mr. Jackson is currently the chair of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

Frank O. Klegon
Executive Vice President - Product Development
Chrysler LLC

Frank O. Klegon

Frank O. Klegon was appointed executive vice president - Product
Development, Chrysler LLC in September, 2005. In this position, he leads all
product development teams, product development strategy and advance
vehicle engineering. In addition, Mr. Klegon is responsible for areas involved in the product development processes, testing, validation and quality.

Prior to this position, Mr. Klegon was vice president - Product Development
Process and Components for Chrysler, overseeing the core component and
system teams. Mr. Klegon joined Chrysler Corporation in 1985 as
manager - Product Engineering.

Frank Klegon received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1977 and earned his M.B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1994. He completed the Managing Global Opportunities program at Harvard Business School in 2000.

John Krafcik
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer
Hyundai Motor America

John Krafcik

John Krafcik was named acting president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America in November of 2008. He is responsible for implementation of strategic direction and management of the company's operations.

Mr. Krafcik joined Hyundai Motor America as vice president, product development and strategic planning in April 2004.

Mr. Krafcik came to Hyundai from Ford Motor Company where he held various product development positions, including chief engineer, Truck Chassis Engineering and chief engineer, Large/Premium Utility Vehicles.

Mr. Krafcik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before joining Ford Motor Company, Mr. Krafcik was the first American engineer hired by the GM/Toyota joint-venture partnership NUMMI, and later became an industry consultant on lean production while at MIT.

Harold Krivan
Sawgrass Solutions LLC

Harold Krivan

Harold Krivan is the president of Sawgrass Solutions LLC, working with clients in the automotive industry on strategy, marketing and complex problem resolution. He started Sawgrass after a career of line and staff assignments, both domestically and internationally, for three well known organizations.

Mr. Krivan spent 12 years at J. D. Power and Associates where he served as executive vice president and senior partner. During his years at Power he helped rapidly expand the business into new industries and countries with a heavy focus on the automotive industry. During his 16 years at Rockwell International's Automotive business he held staff and line positions including vice president of the North American Aftermarket division, vice president of the European Commercial Vehicle Products division and vice president of Marketing. He was responsible for transforming the aftermarket business and beginning its rapid growth. In Europe he turned around a business that was financially challenged. And as vice president of Marketing he raised the voice of the customer to its proper place in the promotion of new and existing products. Prior to Rockwell, Mr. Krivan spent ten years in management consulting working with multi-division companies improving their strategic planning process and strategic decision making.

Harold Krivan has always been active in automotive industry affairs. He was a board member and chairman, for two years, of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. He was a 25 year member of the SAE and served on its Global Leadership Conference committee, two as its chairperson. He was active in several national organizations and their local chapters including the American Marketing Association Detroit Chapter President. He is currently the lead director and member of the Board of Directors of Coherix, an Ann Arbor based machine vision start-up company. He is a member of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association where he served on its board and currently is a member of the Board of Governors of the Heavy Duty Distributors Association.

Jonathan J. Lauckner
GM Vice President, Global Program Management
General Motors Corporation

Jonathan J. Lauckner

Jon Lauckner was appointed vice president of General Motors global program management effective May 1, 2005. In that role, he leads an organization which includes GM's Vehicle Line Executives and the global and regional program management groups. In addition, as a member of GM's Automotive Product Board, he is part of the GM Automotive Leadership Group.

Mr. Lauckner became the Global Vehicle Line Executive for the Epsilon Architecture based in Ruesselsheim, Germany in May 2004. Prior to that assignment, he was the Vehicle Line Executive for Compact cars for General Motors Europe, with responsibility for the Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Zafira from 2000-2004.

Jon Lauckner began his career with General Motors in 1979 as a salaried-employee-in-training with Buick Motor Division. He held various positions in powertrain and vehicle engineering until 1984 when he was named product line manager for Large & Luxury Cars for Buick. In 1988, Mr. Lauckner transferred to the Marketing and Product Planning Staff in Detroit, responsible for policy group administration and in 1990 was appointed director of Market & Business Analysis for Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

In 1992, Mr. Lauckner moved overseas as director of Export Operations & Trade Development for GM do Brasil in Sao Paulo. In 1995, he became general director of planning for GM do Brasil, with responsibility for product planning and program management until his appointment in Europe.

Jon Lauckner received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979. He earned a master's of science in management degree from Stanford Business School in 1990 through the Sloan Fellowship program and attended the GM-Harvard Senior Executive Program in 2001.

Betsy Lazar
Executive Director, Advertising & Media Operations
General Motors Corporation

Betsy Lazar

Elizabeth (Betsy) C. Lazar was named executive director, advertising & media operations, effective Jan. 1, 2006. She had been general director, advertising & media operations, since 2000. Ms. Lazar's primary responsibilities include oversight of General Motors' U.S. media planning and buying operations. The consolidated media planning and buying function resides with GM Planworks, a unit of Starcom MediaVest.

Ms. Lazar joined General Motors in 1989 as manager, media operations. Before joining GM, she served as director of media planning on the Volkswagen/Audi account at DDB Needham in Troy, Michigan. Earlier in her career she spent five years at J. Walter Thompson in various media planning capacities on several agency accounts including Ford Division.

Betsy Lazar is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in marketing, and is also a graduate of Wayne State University where she earned an MBA in 1987. She has served on the board of the Adcraft Club of Detroit, and in 1998, was honored as Woman of the Year by the Women's Advertising Club of Detroit. In 2005, she was named an Advertising Working Mother of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) and Working Mother magazine. She was named to the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Board of Directors in 2005, and formerly served on the ANA's Radio and Television Committees.

Timothy D. Leuliette
Chief Executive Officer & President
DURA Automotive Systems, Inc.

Timothy D. LeulietteTimothy D. Leuliette is chief executive officer and president for DURA Automotive Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of driver and seating control systems, engineered assemblies, structural door modules and integrated glass systems for the global automotive industry.

Mr. Leuliette, who founded Leuliette Partners LLC, a financial services and investment company, is the former co-chairman and co-CEO of Asahi Tec and former chairman, president, and CEO of automotive supplier Metaldyne Corporation. He has also served as president & COO of privately held Penske Corporation, and prior to that president and CEO of ITT Automotive and executive vice president at ITT.

Over his career he has held executive and management positions at both vehicle manufacturers and suppliers and has served on both corporate and civic boards, including as chairman of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Kathleen Ligocki
GS Motors

Kathleen Ligocki

Kathleen Ligocki brings almost three decades of experience working in multinational industrial companies. She currently serves as the CEO, GS Motors, the auto business of Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate based in Mexico City. Over the next few years, GS Motors is developing an extensive retail network to market FAW vehicles from China throughout Latin America in addition to constructing a vehicle assembly plant in Michoacan, Mexico in cooperation with the Chinese automaker. Ms. Ligocki is also a principal in Pine Lake Partners, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in turnaround and start-up operations.

Kathleen Ligocki served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tower Automotive from late 2003 to 2007. She led the company through a successful Chapter 11 restructuring process culminating in the confirmation of an uncontested Plan of Reorganization and the sale of the company to a new investor, Cerberus Capital Management.

She joined Tower Automotive from the Ford Motor Company, where she served as a corporate officer in a broad range of general management roles. Ms. Ligocki also worked for United Technologies Corporation and Delco Electronics, a division of General Motors. She has been based in the U.S, Mexico and Europe with responsibilities covering the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia. Prior to joining the corporate world, Ms. Ligocki had experience working for the government as a community development planner and teaching school.

Kathleen Ligocki graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies focusing on Chinese History and Renaissance Art. She also holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Indiana University.

Philip R. Martens
Senior Vice President and President, Light Vehicle Systems

Phil Martens is senior vice president and president of ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems business group, and president and chief executive officer designate, ARVIN Innovation, Inc. He joined ArvinMeritor in September 2006, and prior to that role, spent more than 18 years in various leadership positions with Ford Motor Co., including group vice president of product creation; vice president of North American product creation; and vice president of North American product development. Mr. Martens joined Ford in 1987 and held various engineering positions until 1999, when he was named managing director of planning, design and product development of Mazda Motor Co. in Hiroshima, Japan.

Phil Martens holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Lawrence Technical Institution, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Engineering School, as well as a Kettering University Board of Trustees member.

Paul Mascarenas
Vice President, Engineering, Global Product Development
Ford Motor Company

Paul Mascarenas

Paul Mascarenas is Ford Motor Company's vice president of engineering for global product development. In this role, he oversees all engineering standards for car, truck, SUV and crossover utility vehicles for the company's Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands.

Mr. Mascarenas is responsible for delivering on Ford's commitment to offer more new products, faster than ever before, by working to leverage greater sharing and reuse of common vehicle and parts designs globally. Mr. Mascarenas also is helping develop and implement a global Ford Brand engineering DNA.

He has played a lead role in the development and launch of key North America products including the 2008 F-Series Super Duty, 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, as well as the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedans.

Before he was elected a vice president in 2004, Mr. Mascarenas was executive director of product development for medium and large front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive cars in North America.

Prior to moving to Dearborn, Mr. Mascarenas was chief program engineer of the Ford Mondeo, which is the Ford brand's flagship sedan in Europe, Asia and South America.

Paul Mascarenas joined Ford in 1982. Over the course of assignments in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, he amassed extensive experience in product creation with assignments in product planning, program management, body engineering and powertrain.

Mr. Mascarenas holds a mechanical engineering degree from King's College of the University of London.

Karen Newman
Automotive Industry Lead - Americas
IBM Global Services

Karen Newman

Karen Newman is the automotive industry lead partner for the Americas. In this role, Ms. Newman is responsible for managing the portfolio of clients across automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers, and heavy equipment manufacturers. This responsibility includes client relationships, client satisfaction, and value realization related to the solutions IBM develops and implements with those organizations.

Prior to this role Ms. Newman lead the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services area for IBM's Automotive Industry team in the Americas. In addition, she represents IBM on the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Steering Committee for Collaborative Engineering & Product Development.

Previously leading a team of consultants, Ms. Newman was the automotive subject matter lead of IBM's Business Innovation Services, Americas. In this role, Ms. Newman was responsible for driving strategy, ISV partnerships and offerings in the Automotive Consulting Practice.

Ms. Newman has also served as a principal in IBM Business Innovation Services Division. In this role she was responsible for selling and leading large scale engagements including Product Lifecycle Management, B2B engineering change management, order management, forecasting / planning, warehouse operations, and dealer operations.

Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Newman worked over eleven years for Electronic Data Systems in various leadership roles. She was responsible for selling, delivering and managing operations for EDS in numerous areas of the business at General Motors and Federal Mogul. Her experience with EDS spanned many functional areas of Engineering and Manufacturing.

Ms. Newman earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in electrical engineering from Michigan State University.

James O'Sullivan
President and CEO
Mazda North America Operations

James O'Sullivan

As president and CEO for Mazda North America Operations and Managing Executive Officer, Mazda Motor Corporation, James O'Sullivan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's U.S., Canadian and Mexican operations, including sales, marketing, parts and service, logistics, communications, customer support and regional operations. Mr. O'Sullivan was appointed to this position in April 2003 and reports directly to Dan Morris, director, senior managing executive officer in charge of marketing, sales and customer service.

Jim O'Sullivan brings to Mazda a wealth of automotive experience from nearly 30 years in the business. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1976 and has held a number of key roles in the areas of sales and marketing. Most recently, he played a leading role at the Lincoln Mercury division of Ford Motor Company as franchise & business development manager.

Prior to that, he served as Lincoln brand manager and oversaw the launch of key Lincoln products. His automotive background includes management of regional retail sales, regional operations, advertising and technical training.

Jim O'Sullivan graduated with a bachelor's of business administration from the University of Detroit in 1976 and received an MBA with an emphasis on marketing in 1984, also from the University of Detroit.

Edward J. Peper, Jr.
North America Vice President, Chevrolet
General Motors Corporation

Edward J. Peper, Jr.

Ed Peper was appointed North American vice president of Chevrolet in June, 2008. Previously, he was general manager of Chevrolet, regional general manager for General Motors Northeast Region and vice president of sales for Saab Cars, USA.

Mr. Peper joined General Motors in 1984 as a Cadillac sales representative. Throughout his twenty-four year career, he held many different field sales and marketing management positions with Cadillac Motor Car Division. Prior to taking the Saab position in February 2003, he held the positions of Chevrolet regional divisional marketing manager and regional sales manager for the GM Northeast Region.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ed Peper received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College in 1984 with a major in English. Mr. Peper also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.

Ed Peper is a member of the Detroit Economic Club, and is a Safe Kids Worldwide corporate advisory board member.

J.E. "Ted" Robertson, P. Eng.
Chief Technical Officer & EVP of New Product Creation
Magna International Inc.

J.E. "Ted" Robertson, P. Eng.

James Edward "Ted" Robertson joined Magna International Inc. in May 2006 as the executive vice president, new product creation. In addition, he has been recently named chief technical officer responsible for Magna's North American engineering operations.

Prior to joining Magna, Mr. Robertson spent 34 years at General Motors, beginning in 1968 as an experimental engineer for GM of Canada. Throughout his GM career, Mr. Robertson held various positions including staff engineer for Buick Experimental Manufacturing and Buick Styling & Body Design, director of engineering and forward planning, chief engineer for the Camaro and Firebird, and chief engineer for Mid-Size Trucks.

While at GM, Ted Robertson was responsible for engineering five Indy 500 pace cars, two Daytona 500 pace cars, and numerous other vehicle programs including the Chevrolet Trailblazer that won Truck of the Year and the GMC Envoy that won SUV of the Year.

In 2002, Mr. Robertson retired from GM and was conferred the title chief engineer, emeritus, for General Motors by Jack Smith, chairman of GM. Mr. Robertson then joined ASC as vice chairman for product development and in 2005 was elected president of SAE International.

Since joining Magna in 2006, Mr. Robertson has been named vice president strategic planning for FISITA, the World Automotive Engineering Technical Organization.

Ted Robertson is an active alumnus of the University of Toronto, where he earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. Robertson has published papers with the ASME and SAE and holds six patents.

Barb Samardzich
Vice President - Global Powertrain Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Barb Samardzich

Barb Samardzich is vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering for Ford Motor Company. She is responsible for engine and transmission engineering worldwide.

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Samardzich was vice president, Powertrain Operations. Before this assignment, she was executive director, Small FWD and RWD Vehicles, where she was responsible for the design, engineering and development of nine key Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles, including the 2005 Model Year Mustang.

Ms. Samardzich also previously held a variety of positions in Powertrain Engineering, including chief engineer for Ford's Automatic Transmission Operations. Her work in automatic transmissions and her experience in product creation won her a Women in Engineering Achievement Award from Design News in February, 2004.

During her career at Ford, Ms. Samardzich also served as chief engineer for the F-Series Super Duty Commercial Trucks, and as quality director for Ford Brand products in Ford of Europe.

Before joining Ford in 1990, Ms. Samardzich worked as a thermal design engineer in Westinghouse Electric's Nuclear Fuels Division.

Barb Samardzich holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master's degree in engineering management from Wayne State University.

Ms. Samardzich was named by Automotive News as a 2005 "Leading Woman in the North American Automotive Industry."

Bonita Coleman Stewart
Industry Director, Automotive

Bonita Coleman Stewart

Bonita Stewart brings more than 20 years of marketing, technology and industry expertise to Google, where she oversees strategy development and execution for automotive clients. Prior to joining Google, she provided operational and thought leadership as the Director of Chrysler Group Interactive Communications for DaimlerChrysler AG. In 2005, her group was named the Interactive Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age. Ms. Stewart also enjoyed a 10-year career with IBM and co-founded Nia Enterprises, a web-based company, in 2000.

Bonita Stewart has a BA in journalism magna cum laude from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Music Hall and on the Board of Governors for the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Arupa Tesolin
Speaker, Trainer & Innovation Coach

Arupa Tesolin

Arupa Tesolin is a respected speaker, Innovation Coach and out-of-the-box thinker who empowers people to use their creative power as innovation fuel in their lives, workplaces and businesses. She is the author of 2 books: Ting! - A Surprising Way to Listen to Intuition & Do Business Better which was rated 4-Stars by Training Magazine, U.S., as well as her new personal innovation book Spark - Raise Your Mind to the Power of Infinity & Create Anything and more than 100 articles in leading training and management publications internationally.

Ms. Tesolin has over 25 years of strategic management and organizational learning experience. At 21 she became a College Bio-Science Professor and later joined the Ontario Ministry of Labour's health and safety branch, spending some of her time there focused on the automotive industry. She was appointed a regional manager at 27 and later moved to Toronto as a senior specialist where she led the OHSA program for Canada's most populated and industrialized province and later initiated the Automotive Sector Strategy for the province.

Ms. Tesolin owns Intuita, a company that provides Innovation Training and consulting to organizations through it's branded TingTM & I-InnovateTM programs. She is also the Canadian Partner for Learning Paths International, an emerging fast-track training best practice.

Susan C. Thomson
Director - Media
Chrysler LLC

Susan C. Thomson

Susan C. Thomson was named director - media for Chrysler LLC in May 2008.
In this position, Ms. Thomson is responsible for the oversight of all media planning and buying on behalf of the Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge brands. She also directs the individual brand groups with regard to strategic media decisions and implementation. In addition, Ms. Thomson coordinates all agency contracts for Chrysler LLC, multi-branded promotions, new media opportunities and entertainment.

Prior to this position, Susan Thomson was senior manager - Jeep(R) Global Brand Communications, a position she held since February 2008. In 2006, Ms. Thomson was named senior manager - Chrysler Global Brand Communications.

Ms. Thomson joined Chrysler in May 1982.

She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in Business Administration in 1982.

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