President and CEO
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Mitch Bainwol is president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association representing automakers in the United States.
The Alliance represents 12 automakers including BMW Group, Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Mr. Bainwol joined the Alliance in September 2011.
Mitch Bainwol is a strong advocate of automobility, manufacturing and auto industry jobs. "Autos drive America. We depend on cars for everything, from getting to work to going on family vacations; autos simply are interwoven in the fabric of American life. When you think about it, just about every car trip ends with either an economic transaction or some other benefit," said Bainwol. "There's a core belief that the destiny of this industry and the destiny of this country are linked, that we must have a vibrant manufacturing sector. There's no more important component to a vibrant manufacturing sector than the making of automobiles."
Bainwol previously served as president and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the nation's major music labels. During his eight years at RIAA (2003-2011), the music industry transformed to meet the new digital world, and Mr. Bainwol helped lead the music industry's campaign to curb piracy, protecting intellectual property rights and securing needed Congressional reforms such as the PRO-IP Act, which updates the nation's anti-piracy laws. Mr. Bainwol also helped revitalize a coalition of music organizations that worked together on industry issues.
Mr. Bainwol came to the recording industry after a 25-year-long career in federal policymaking and politics. During his Capitol Hill time, Mr. Bainwol was chief of staff to two United States Senators, two political committees and several Senate leadership offices. He is also widely recognized for his campaign capabilities. Mr. Bainwol began his career as a budget analyst in President Ronald Reagan's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Mr. Bainwol obtained an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.
Mary T. Barra
Senior Vice President
Global Product Development
Mary Barra was named senior vice president, global product development effective February 1, 2011, responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of vehicles for GM's vehicles around the world. She is a member of the executive committee and reports to CEO, Daniel Akerson.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Barra had most recently been vice president, global human resources since July 30, 2009.
She has also served as GM vice president, global manufacturing engineering, plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; executive director of competitive operations engineering, and several other engineering and staff positions.
Ms. Barra began her career with General Motors in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a bachelor of sceine degree in electrical engineering. In 1988, Ms. Barra received a GM fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in 1990 graduated with a masters in business administration.
She serves on the General Dynamics and Inforum Center for Leadership Board of Directors. Ms. Barra is also on the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is key executive for Stanford University.
North American Automotive Leader
David Breen is the North American Automotive Sector Leader and the managing partner of PwCs' Greater Michigan (Michigan and Northwest Ohio) practice.
Mr. Breen has more than 37 years of experience working with a broad range of multinational companies primarily in the automotive, industrial products, consumer products and insurance sectors. He has significant experience with SEC registrants, global audit coordination and mergers and acquisitions.
As market managing partner and North American auto sector leader, Mr. Breen ensures that the right Firm services and resources are brought to bear for our clients in Greater Michigan and our automotive clients across North America.
As a member of PwC's board of partners, Mr. Breen gained a unique experience as chair of the risk management committee and helped to set Firm strategy as chair of the accounting & auditing practice committee
As operations leader for U.S. assurance, Mr. Breen managed the largest segment of the Firm’s U.S. practice. With the five U.S. regions and the CFO’s office reporting to Mr. Breen, he was responsible for the hiring, training, development and deployment of the 14,000 people in our assurance practice.
Mr. 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, he is also a member of the Autism Alliance of Michigan board of trustees and a board member of Cornerstone Charter Schools.
Mr. Breen has a B.A. from Wayne State University.
Robert S. Carter
Group Vice President and General Manager - Toyota Division
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Bob Carter is group vice president and general manager of Toyota Division at Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.
Mr. Carter is responsible for overseeing all sales, logistics and marketing activities for Toyota, Scion and Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Carter served as group vice president and general manager of Lexus where he was responsible for all aspects of the Lexus automotive operations, including sales and marketing, retail development, customer satisfaction and product planning. His responsibilities also included coordinating sales activities, dealer relations, parts and service operations, and the marketing operations of four regional offices around the country.
Previously, Mr. Carter was the vice president, sales, for the Toyota Division, responsible for dealer and field operations for TMS, private-distributor interface coordination, corporate retail dealer development, and public companies. He has also served as vice president of sales and dealer development for the Lexus Division.
Since joining TMS in 1981 as a warranty processor, Mr. Carter has held a number of positions, including general manager of Toyota's Denver regional sales office, Lexus Eastern area manager, and Lexus national market representation manager. He was also the general manager and part owner of Hyannis Toyota in Hyannis, Mass.
Bob Carter received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Shippensburg State College in Shippensburg, Pa.
Jack Z. Chen
Chairman & CEO
Transworld Capital Group
Mr. Jack Z. Chen is the founder and CEO of Transworld Capital Group. He has over 16 years of experience in managing complicated cross-border M & A transactions that involve Western and Chinese companies. In 2010, Mr. Chen led Beijing-based Pacific Century Motors, a public-private acquisition consortium, to acquire Nexteer Automotive, a major unit of General Motors specializing in steering systems and related technologies, which was referred to as "one of the landmark deals of the era" by the Wall Street Journal. The Nexteer Automotive transaction followed the 2009 acquisition of Delphi Corporation's braking and suspension unit by a similar Beijing-based consortium, in which Mr. Chen also acted as an advisor. Each of these two transactions comprised the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese company in the automotive parts industry at its respective time.
Previously, Mr. Chen was with Barrington Associates, the leading middle market investment banking firm in the Western United States (acquired by Wells Fargo in 2006), where he was the founding chairman of its Asia-Pacific Division. Prior to Barrington, Mr. Chen was president of MTC Direct Inc., a holding company that bought a controlling interest in Micro Technology Concepts, Inc., the world's largest independent mass storage distributor and a VAR 500 company with over $300 million in revenue. During the period from 1997 to 2000, Mr. Chen invested in, or advised, several dozen companies that covered the following industries: biotechnology, IT, transportation, food and beverage, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, building materials, automobile and heavy equipment. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Chen was the co-founder and COO of Bestone Investment Group, Ltd., which acquired and took control of Conch Cement, the largest cement company in China, and helped build it into the leading cement manufacturer in Asia.
Mr. Chen was appointed International Investment Advisor to Beijing Municipality in March 2009 and was reappointed in November 2010 due to his outstanding contributions to Beijing, as recognized by the municipality's most senior leadership and leading corporations. Mr. Chen has been a speaker at the Young President's Organization, USC, UCLA, MIT Business Forum, China Compass Conference, ACG Conference and numerous Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Chen is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and was named one of the top ten Chinese American Entrepreneurs in Southern California by Vivid Magazine in 2007. He was also awarded Outstanding Overseas Alumni of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Vice President Global Supply Management, Drivetrain Group
Rob Deni, vice president global supply management for the BorgWarner Drivetrain Group, is responsible for leading the Drivetrain Global Supply Management organization to develop procurement strategies that support the overall growth and profitability goals, develop the supply base as strategic partners, and ensure global practices and shared processes to drive performance.
Prior to joining BorgWarner, Mr. Deni worked at MD Helicopters, Inc. as vice president of supply chain and was responsible for leading the global procurement and logistics functions.
Prior to MD Helicopters, Inc., Mr. Deni also worked for DURA Automotive Systems, LLC. leading the procurement and logistics functions located in North America, Europe and Asia. He was responsible for ensuring the strategic supply base supported DURA's objective of being world class in both cost and quality.
Previously, Mr. Deni was vice president of purchasing at Martinrea International with a leadership role overseeing the decentralized purchasing structure.
Prior to joining Martinrea, he was an executive director of purchasing at General Motors with global responsibility of the chassis group. While in this position, he successfully transformed four regional purchasing teams into one global team. Throughout his 20 years of experience at General Motors, he held a variety of positions with responsibility for other commodities as well as logistics. During his tenure he also had an international assignment leading several electrical commodities in Europe at their Adam Opel AG subsidiary.
Mr. Deni holds a bachelor degree in materials & logistics management at Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Detroit and is also an alumni of the London Business School, having completed their advanced development program.
Valeo North America
Emilio Esparza serves as Valeo's North American director of purchasing, leading the company's strategic procurement and supply chain management activities for the region. Joining Valeo in 2010, he is a member of the North American leadership team and directs a multi-national group of purchasing professionals using his 20-plus years of automotive Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) and supplier experience.
Mr. Esparza comes from Bombardier Transportation, where he most recently held the position of business development and projects director. During his two years at the company, he established a new electrical component and wiring harness manufacturing facility and integrated new labor, manufacturing and financial strategies for Bombardier's newly formed Mexican organization.
Prior to joining Bombardier Transportation in 2008, he was responsible for Dana Automotive's regional supply chain management. Mr. Esparza managed a team of purchasing professionals across Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela that supported the company's 15 regional manufacturing locations.
Mr. Esparza began his automotive career with General Motors in 1989 as a supplier quality engineer in Mexico City. Advancing within the company, he had several supply chain roles and assignments within Mexico and the United States.
Mr. Esparza is the founder and director or Eco-Energia, an organization dedicated to developing energy saving projects for central-Mexico industry. He also served in an external consultant capacity during the formation of the Automotive Industry Center of Development (CEDIAM)for the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico, which supports and promotes the connection between automotive businesses and academic research and development.
Most recently, Mr. Esparza was nominated to the 2012 board of directors of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC).
Mr. Esparza earned a master's of business administration degree (MEDEX) from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresas Business School (IPADE) in Mexico City and holds a financial management certificate and a bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering from ITESM in the State of Mexico.
Group Vice President,
Sales and Service
Ford Motor Company
James D. Farley, Jr. is Ford Motor Company's group vice president, global marketing, sales and service, effective Aug. 1, 2010. In this role, Mr. Farley is the company's most senior marketing leader, reporting directly to Alan Mulally, Ford's president and chief executive officer.
Just prior to this position, Mr. Farley was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford's operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009.
Jim Farley joined Ford in November 2007. Since joining the company, he has led Ford's drive to connect even more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research. In addition to his global marketing role, he will lead the company's global sales and service operations - the first time Ford has a single global leader for marketing, sales and service.
Mr. Farley's achievements at Ford include improving overall operation fitness of the company's marketing and sales operations, his work to globally align the brand, and integration of the global marketing and sales team. In addition, he was instrumental in positioning Ford's operations in Canada, Mexico and South America for continued future growth.
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, he 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.
Mr. 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.
Jim 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.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Carlos Ghosn is the chairman and chief executive officer of Renault S.A. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., two global automotive companies with a combined work force of more than 350,000 employees and global sales of 7.2 million units in 2010. He serves as chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance Board, which steers the Alliance's medium- and long-term strategy, including the current objective for the Alliance to become the leader of zero-emission mobility.
Mr. Ghosn was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Renault S.A. in May 2009. Previously, he was named president and chief executive officer of Renault in May 2005 in addition to his executive responsibilities at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan as its chief operating officer in June 1999, following the establishment of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in March 1999. He was appointed chief executive officer in June 2001. Under Mr. Ghosn's leadership, Nissan successfully delivered its revival plan, returning the company to significant growth and profitability.
Before he joined Nissan, Mr. Ghosn had served as executive vice president of the Renault Group, a position he had held since December 1996. From 1981 to 1996, Mr. Ghosn worked with Michelin.
Mr. Ghosn is a member of the board of AvtoVaz. He is also a member of: the World Economic Forum Foundation Board, the International Advisory Board of Itau-Unibanco, the European Round Table of Industrialists and the Electrification Coalition (based in Washington D.C.).
Among many international accolades, Mr. Ghosn was listed first among the 2001 "25 Most Influential Global Business Executives" by TIME and CNN, was ranked among the "World's Most Respected Leaders" by Financial Times magazine in 2003 and 2004, received a 2005 International Academy of Management Award, was named the CNBC European "Business Leader of the Year 2006" and was inducted into the Japan and U.S. Automotive Halls of Fame. He received the INSEAD 2008 Transcultural Leadership Award and the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award from the French-American Foundation. He was received into the Legion D'Honneur in France, accepted a Medal of Blue Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, received the Ordem de Rio Branco from Brazil and was named a Knight Commander of the British Empire. In November 2010, Forbes.com listed Carlos Ghosn as one of the "Seven Most Powerful South Americans".
Mr. Ghosn earned engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 1974 and from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1978. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Cranfield University, United Kingdom; Waseda University, Japan; Kyushu University, Japan; Hosei University, Japan; and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Vice Chairman, Corporate Strategy,
Global Product Planning,
& Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
Steve Girsky was named GM vice chairman, corporate strategy and business development effective March 1, 2010. In this position, he has overall responsibility for corporate strategy, business alliances, new business development and other related areas. He continues to serve on
the General Motors Board of Directors, a position he has held since July 10, 2009. He also briefly served as senior advisor to the Office of the Chairman before he was named vice chairman.
Previously, Mr. Girsky was president of S.J. Girsky & Co, an independent advisory firm based in New York, where he applied more than twenty years of experience working with senior corporate and board executives, labor leaders, OEM leaders, suppliers and dealers and national and local policy makers. He also served as the lead director of Dana Holdings Corp.
Mr. Girsky also served as president of Centerbridge Industrial Partners, an affiliate of Centerbridge Partners, LP, an investment fund with approximately $8 billion of assets under management. Prior to Centerbridge, Mr. Girsky was a special advisor to the CEO and CFO of General Motors Corporation from August 2005 to June 2006.
In all, Mr. Girsky has 25 years of automotive experience, including serving as managing director at Morgan Stanley and as senior analyst of the Morgan Stanley Global Automotive and Auto Parts Research Team. While at Morgan Stanley, he was ranked the No. 1 automotive and auto parts analyst by Institutional Investor's "All-American Research Team" annual investor poll for 14 consecutive years. His automotive and auto parts team ranked No. 1 in the Greenwich Associates poll for 14 consecutive years as well.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was managing director of PaineWebber's Automotive Group and worked as an analyst on the overseas financial staff of GM.
Steve Girsky holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Earl J. Hesterberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
Group 1 Automotive
Earl J. Hesterberg has served as Group 1's president and chief executive officer and as a director since April 2005.
Prior to joining Group 1, Mr. Hesterberg had served as group vice president, North America marketing, sales and service for Ford Motor Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of cars, trucks and automotive parts, since October 2004. From July 1999 to September 2004, Mr. Hesterberg served as vice president, marketing, sales and service for Ford of Europe, and from 1999 until 2005, he served on the supervisory board of Ford Werke AG.
Mr. Hesterberg has also served as president and chief executive officer of Gulf States Toyota, an independent distributor of new Toyota vehicles, parts and accessories. He has also held various senior sales, marketing, general management, and parts and service positions within Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. and Nissan Europe, both of which are wholly-owned by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., a global provider of automotive products and services.
Mr. Hesterberg also serves on the board of directors, the compensation committee and the corporate governance & nominating committee of Stage Stores, Inc., a national retail clothing chain, on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, a local non-profit organization dedicated to building regional economic prosperity, and on the board of trustees of Davidson College.
Transportation Program Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
Roland Hwang is the Natural Resources Defense Council's transportation program director and works on sustainable transportation policies. Mr. Hwang has been with NRDC's San Francisco office since October 2000. He is an expert on clean vehicle and fuels technologies. He serves on various advisory panels, including for the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, the AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicles Program, and the U.S. EPA Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee. He is the author or contributing author of eleven NRDC reports analyzing clean energy technologies and policies. Mr. Hwang was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr. Hwang also brings to NRDC experience in energy demand forecasting and air pollution regulation. Before joining NRDC, Mr. Hwang was the director of the Transportation Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in the Berkeley, California office. Mr. Hwang has also worked for the United States Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as an Air Pollution Engineer. At LBNL, he developed computer models to forecast energy demand in the U.S. residential and industrial sectors. At CARB, Mr. Hwang was involved in the permitting process for hazardous waste incinerators and developed procedures to assist air districts in evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills.
Mr. Hwang received a Bachelors from the University of California at Davis in 1986 and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the same institution in 1988. He received a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992.
Adam Jonas is a managing director and leader of Morgan Stanley's Global Auto research team. Mr. Jonas joined the firm's investment banking division in Chicago in 1996, specializing in corporate finance and M&A in the automotive sector.
In 1999, Mr. Jonas moved to Equity Research and joined the firm's European Autos team, based in London, serving as the lead European auto analyst from 2003 to 2010, during which time he was among the most influential auto analysts in the region, frequently quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Detroit News, Automotive News, and others. His team achieved numerous top-three rankings in surveys, including Institutional Investor and Extel.
Adam Jonas earned his bachelor's degree in business administration (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.
Chief Marketing Officer
Audi of America
Scott Keogh is the chief marketing officer for Audi of America where he oversees all marketing strategy and department responsibilities, as well as leads the company's marketing effort to further elevate the positioning of the Audi brand in the United States. The position reports to Johan de Nysschen, executive vice president.
Prior to joining Audi, Mr. Keogh worked at Mercedes-Benz USA for more than a decade. Most recently, he was general manager, marketing communications, where he was responsible for developing all strategic marketing communications plans, including brand and product positioning. Previous positions at Mercedes-Benz included general manager, Smart USA where Mr. Keogh was responsible for sales, marketing, product planning and retail development for the new automotive brand. Prior to leading Smart USA, Mr. Keogh was responsible for corporate communications for MBUSA.
Scott Keogh has a bachelor of arts from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York.
Dan C. Knott
Senior Vice President - Purchasing and Supplier Quality
Chrysler Group LLC
Dan C. Knott was appointed senior vice president of purchasing and supplier quality, Chrysler Group LLC, in December 2009. In this position, he is responsible for all worldwide purchasing and supplier quality activities, including both product-related components and indirect suppliers and services. He reports directly to Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Previously, Mr. Knott served as head of vehicle engineering and vehicle line executive – A/B Segment since June 2009. In that role, he had full responsibility for all current vehicles and execution of future car, minivan, Jeep®, truck and SRT vehicle programs, along with vehicle development analysis and validation.
Prior to that position, Mr. Knott held the positions of vice president – Car/Minivan/SRT Product Team and vice president – Jeep Product Team for Chrysler LLC. In these positions, he oversaw all planning, engineering, development and launch management activities.
Dan Knott joined the former Chrysler Corporation in 1988 as senior engineer – Air/Fuel Emission Systems.
Mr. Knott was named No. 23 on Motor Trend's 2006 Power List, which recognized the 50 most influential men and women in the automotive industry.
He finished fourth-in-class at the 2005 Targa Newfoundland Tarmac Rally.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in engineering (1983), both from Michigan State University.
President & CEO
Hyundai Motor America
John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company's operations in the United States.
Mr. Krafcik joined Hyundai in 2004 as vice president of product development and strategic planning after a long tenure at Ford Motor Company. With his guidance, Hyundai reshaped its American lineup with industry-leading positions in design, innovation, and fuel efficiency.
After moving to his current role in late 2008 as president and chief executive officer, Mr. Krafcik and his team have increased Hyundai's U.S. market share over 50% under challenging market conditions on the strength of growing accolades, breakthrough products, and innovative marketing programs.
John Krafcik holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a master of science degree in management from MIT Sloan School of Management. He began his career in the auto industry in 1984 at the GM/Toyota joint-venture, NUMMI.
Bill Krueger is vice chairman of Nissan Americas. In this role he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Nissan Americas' business in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and 37 other Latin American and Caribbean countries. He also oversees all manufacturing and supply-chain management functions for Nissan's three plants in the United States (Smyrna and Decherd, Tenn.; and Canton, Miss.) and its two plants in Mexico (Cuernavaca and Aguascalientes).
Prior to joining Nissan, Mr. Krueger held various management positions at Toyota's manufacturing plants and most recently served as general manager at the Georgetown, Ky., plant. In addition, Mr. Krueger held several management roles at General Motors Corp.'s Janesville, Wis., assembly plant and at Harley Davidson's Utilimaster Corp.
Bill Krueger earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science From Marquette University and a master of business administration degree from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a master's degree in Engineering management from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.
Mr. Krueger currently serves on the Committee of Visitors for the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He is a director of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross Nashville Area Regional Chapter and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. He is also on the executive advisory council for the Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation.
Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud
Founder and International Chairman
Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud is a well-known authority in the battery industry. She has pioneered the use of lithium-ion and energy storage solutions and systems to deliver more powerful, longer lasting, safer and cost-effective batteries for laptops, PDAs, cell phones and other electronic devices. Prior to founding Boston-Power, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud was one of the youngest partners ever appointed at Arthur D. Little/TIAX, where she ran the company's globally- renowned battery labs, defined strategies for the world's top chemical and battery organizations, and directed high-profile market evaluations.
Earlier in her career, she served as a director and senior scientist at Bell Communications Research. With 80 patents in various stages of filing, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud has received a range of industry awards. These include: lifelong member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences; Mass TLC 2010 Private Company CEO of the Year; 2010 Technology Pioneer World Economic Forum; 2010 Sustainable Leadership Award; 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review; MIT's Magazine of Innovation; Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for Clean Tech, New England region; a Stevie Award for Women in Business as Best Entrepreneur; Mass High Tech Women to Watch; Top Innovators of 2008 by EDN Magazine; and DEMOgod™ 2007.
Dr. Lampe-Onnerud earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Calculus from Uppsala University in Sweden, and received her Post Doctorate at MIT, Cambridge, Mass.
Timothy D. Leuliette
Timothy D. Leuliette is managing director of the FINNEA Group, an investment banking, financial advisory and merchant banking firm, and president & CEO of its joint venture, Andus-Leuliette, an investment banking, trading and development company focused on US-China business opportunities. He left the FINNEA Group's predecessor firm to serve as chairman, president & CEO of Dura Automotive LLC, for two years to oversee its emergence from bankruptcy, it's financial and operational restructuring and its successful sale. Dura had annual revenues of $1.7 billion (USD), operated in 16 countries and employed 9,000 people.
Prior to that, Mr. Leuliette was co-CEO of Asahi Tec Corporation and chairman and CEO of its subsidiary Metaldyne Corporation, a company he co-founded in 2000 with the purchase and consolidation of five manufacturing companies. Metaldyne was sold to Japanese based Asahi Tec in January of 2007. Mr. Leuliette is the first American to hold a CEO position in a large publicly held Japanese company
Mr. Leuliette was formerly president and chief operating officer of Penske Corporation. Prior to joining Penske Corporation, Mr. Leuliette was president and chief executive officer of the $5 billion (USD) ITT Automotive Group, and senior vice president of ITT Industries Inc. In this role, he was responsible for consolidating over a decade of acquisitions and establishing core businesses which resulted in building ITT Automotive into a large, profitable, global company.
Before joining ITT, Mr. Leuliette served as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Automotive L.P and was a member of the Siemens Automotive Managing Board and a corporate vice president of Siemens AG. He was the first non-German to hold this level of authority in the 143-year history of the German electrical and electronics company.
Mr. Leuliette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He serves on numerous boards including Visteon Corporation, Business Leaders for Michigan, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and the Vattikuti Urology Institute of Henry Ford Health System. He is a past chairman of the board of The Detroit Branch of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Chairman and CEO
Chrysler Group LLC
Sergio Marchionne is chairman and chief executive officer of Chrysler Group LLC; chief executive officer of Fiat S.p.A., as well as chairman of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. and CNH Global N.V.
Mr. Marchionne leads the Group Executive Council (GEC) for Fiat S.p.A. and is chief operating officer NAFTA since September 1, 2011.
The Group Executive Council (GEC) is the highest executive decision making body within Fiat outside of its Board of Directors. It is responsible for reviewing the operating performance of the businesses, setting performance targets, making key strategic decisions and investments for the Group and sharing best practices, including the development and deployment of key human resources.
Previously, Mr. Marchionne was elected chairman of Case New Holland (CNH) in April 2006 and chief executive officer of Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. in February 2005. He became chief executive officer of Fiat S.p.A. in June 2004 and has been a member of the board since May 2003.
In 2010, he joined the board of directors of Exor S.p.A. Mr. Marchionne also serves as a member of the board of Philip Morris International Inc., as a member of the General Council of Confindustria (the main organization representing Italian manufacturing and services companies) and of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association). He is a permanent member of the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli. He is also a member of the board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the chairman of the Italian Branch of the Council for the United States and Italy. Mr. Marchionne continues to serve as chairman of SGS SA headquartered in Geneva. He previously served as non-executive vice chairman and senior independent director for UBS.
Sergio Marchionne is a barrister, solicitor and chartered accountant. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy and minor in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto (Canada). He also has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor (Canada).
Mr. Marchionne is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor (Canada) and an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo (Ohio). He also has a Masters honoris causa from the CUOA Foundation (Italy), a degree ad honorem in Economics from the University of Cassino (Italy) and a degree ad honorem in Industrial Engineering and Management from Polytechnic University in Turin (Italy). Mr. Marchionne also holds the honor of Cavaliere del Lavoro.
America’s Automotive Leader
IBM Global Business Services
Karen Newman is vice president of the automotive industry for IBM’s Global Business Services in the American’s. In this role, Ms. Newman is responsible for managing the portfolio of business consulting and systems integration services across automotive clients including Automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers, and heavy truck/equipment manufacturers. This responsibility includes profit and loss, 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 worldwide lead for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services for IBM’s automotive industry. During this tenure, she represented IBM on the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Steering Committee for Collaborative Engineering & Product Development.
Ms. Newman has more than 25 years experience in helping customers transform and improve their businesses and developing strategies and processes for success, with a deep focus on engineering and manufacturing organizations. Ms. Newman has a broad background in business transformation with firms such as Ford, Visteon, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Federal Mogul, IBM and many others in the automotive industry.
Prior to joining IBM in 1997, Ms. Newman worked for Electronic Data Systems in a variety of leadership roles spanning 11 years.
Ms. Newman earned a bachelor of science degree with high honors in electrical engineering from Michigan State University.
She currently served on the board of directors of the Automotive Industry Action Group.
Kent Niederhofer is president of Ricardo, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Ricardo plc, one of the world's leading technical and strategic consultancies.
With more than 25 years of engineering, operation and finance
experience, Mr. Niederhofer has led Ricardo to become one of the
leading U.S. automotive, military, commercial and new energy engineering consulting firms.
Mr. Niederhofer joined Ricardo in 2007 as CFO, where he rebuilt the organization's finance and accounting practices and added commercial and business disciplines. His efforts resulted in millions of dollars in savings and positioned Ricardo to operate more efficiently while increasing its focus on delivering quality engineering solutions.
In 2009, Mr. Niederhofer was named president of Ricardo and has continued to drive improvements in business performance and growth. He has implemented a strategic agenda, improved business planning and has led other initiatives that have allowed Ricardo to broaden its offerings and affirm its stature as a premium services consultancy.
Mr. Niederhofer began his career as an engineer at a U.S. subsidiary of Orenstein + Koppel GmbH and Caterpillar, Inc., leading the design, build and production launch of multiple construction and mining equipment platforms over 10 years. He then worked for Ford Motor Co., moving through a series of finance roles in the commercial vehicle business as well as manufacturing. He joined Visteon Corp. as director of investor relations in 1998, just prior to the company spinning off from Ford.
Subsequently, Mr. Niederhofer served as CFO at a division of GenTek, Inc. He then served as CFO at AxleTech International, Inc.
Mr. Niederhofer holds an MBA in finance & operations from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and holds bachelor degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from State University of New York at Geneseo and the State University of New York at Buffalo, respectively.
Founder & Managing Partner
Upon graduating cum laude from Yale and with high distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was named a Baker Scholar, Mr. Perkowski spent twenty years on Wall Street, rising to head of investment banking at PaineWebber. Well before others recognized the significant role that China would play in the global economy, Mr. Perkowski spent three years investigating opportunities in Asia and China, leading to the founding in 1994 of ASIMCO Technologies, a major industrial enterprise which he built and ran for fifteen years.
Under his leadership, ASIMCO gained a reputation for developing local management and integrating a broad based China operation into the global economy. ASIMCO was twice named one of the "Ten Best Employers in China". In 2008, Mr. Perkowski was designated by China Auto News one of "30 Outstanding Entrepreneurs in China's Auto Components Industry over the 30 Years of Economic Reform," the only foreigner to receive this distinction.
Often referred to as "Mr. China," Jack Perkowski is widely recognized as an expert on doing business in China. He authored Managing the Dragon: How I'm Building a Billion Dollar Business in China, and provides timely insights into ongoing developments in the country on www.managingthedragon.com. His articles on China, its economy and developing a business in the country have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Huffington Post, AmCham's China Brief and BusinessForum China. He is a frequent speaker to university and business school groups, corporate and industry conferences and leading professional organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society and the YPO, and has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, Fox, BBC, NPR, and CCTV.
Mr. Perkowski serves on the Board of Directors of NASDAQ listed Fushi Copperweld, Inc. and is on the Board of Advisers of Westlake International, LLC. Jack is a member of JP Morgan's "China Expert Series" and was named a Distinguished Speaker at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.
In April 2009, Mr. Perkowski founded JFP Holdings, a merchant banking firm focused on China, where he now serves as managing partner.
Robert J. Remenar
President and CEO
Robert "Bob" J. Remenar is the president and CEO of Nexteer Automotive and a a member of the company's board of directors. To continue the company's heritage of success he is charged with guiding a dedicated and talented executive staff, supported by experiences management teams and a committed workforce.
Mr. Remenar assumed his position effective October, 2009, upon day one of Nexteer Automotive. He had served as president of the former Delphi Steering Division since 2002. During that time, Mr. Remenar was also a Delphi Corporation vice president and member of its strategy board, executive champion of its program management task team, and executive customer champion for the company's General Motors Corporation business.
Mr. Remenar joined GM in 1985. With GM, he held various executive roles in corporate financial analysis, health care cost analysis, employment cost analysis and compensation, policy development, and employee relations. At Delphi, he held several senior-level executive positions in HR, finance and business line operations prior to being named president of the global Steering business.
Mr. Remenar earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a masters degree in business administration from Walsh College. He is a member of the President's Advisory Council of Walsh College, the Dean's Business Advisory Council of Central Michigan University and was formerly a member of the board of directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Chief Marketing Office
Mazda North American Operations
Donald J. Romano is chief marketing officer (CMO) for Mazda North American Operations and president of Mazda Canada Inc., Mazda's fourth largest national sales company and the third ranked import brand in Canada. As CMO, Mr. Romano is charged with leading North America's marketing efforts in building the Mazda brand, partnering with outside agencies and reinforcing Mazda's long-term strategic marketing direction throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Formerly vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), headquartered in Irvine, California, Mr. Romano was responsible for overseeing brand development, business planning and global integration. Before that he was general manager of business operations for MNAO's Western Region. Mr. Romano was appointed to his current positions as president of Mazda Canada in April 2006, and chief marketing officer in March 2010.
Since joining Mazda, Don Romano has played a key role in promoting national incentives and advertising in local dealer markets in the United States. Mr. Romano was responsible for overseeing a department within marketing that focused on maximizing retail demand. As general manager of the Western Region in the U.S., Mr. Romano helped increase the region's sales share from the second smallest in the nation to the second largest.
Don Romano began his career with Nissan Motor Corporation, where he held a number of positions, including corporate model line marketing manager, corporate sales operations manager and regional marketing manager for the Infiniti Division of Nissan. Prior to joining the automotive industry, he was a business development analyst for Flying Tiger Airlines.
Mr. Romano graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach and received an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Director, U.S. Marketing Communications
Ford Motor Company
Matt VanDyke is director of U.S. marketing communications for Ford and Lincoln, responsible for advertising and consumer communications.
With Ford since 2008, Mr. VanDyke has led marketing efforts in traditional and non-traditional arenas, including print, TV, and radio as well as the erupting digital space.
Mr. VanDyke's group is paving the way for advertising in the social media space. Under his direction, the Ford marketing team launched the award-winning Fiesta Movement campaign, putting 100 social-media savvy "agents" in pre-launch Ford Fiestas so they could share their drive experiences online. The Fiesta Movement success was followed by the unconventional but highly successful Facebook introduction of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer.
Prior to joining Ford, Matt VanDyke was with Team One, managing advertising for Toyota USA's Lexus Division.
Matt VanDyke holds a BS in business administration from Miami University.
Vice President, Purchasing
Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization
Rebecca Vest is vice president, purchasing, Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO). In this position, she oversees Nissan's purchasing activities for the company's manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Mexico.
Ms. Vest joined Nissan in 2009 as director, powertrain purchasing, RNPO, from Toyota where, during her 22-year tenure, she held positions of increasing responsibility in purchasing and engineering/cost planning.
She has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Kentucky.
Vice President Purchasing
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
Robert Young is vice president of purchasing at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), located in Erlanger, Kentucky. TEMA supports Toyota's engineering and manufacturing operations in North America. Mr. Young is responsible for overseeing all vehicle parts and materials procurement for TEMA.
Previously, he was general manager of vehicle parts and materials purchasing. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the procurement of electrical, body, steel and structural commodities for Toyota in North America.
Mr. Young joined Toyota in 1995 and progressed through a series of positions in the purchasing division including several buying roles. In 2000, he was promoted to manager of construction, machinery and equipment.
Robert Young has a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University.