Bo I. Andersson
President & CEO
Bo I. Andersson is the president and CEO for GAZ Group.
Mr. Andersson began his career with GM in 1987 as a manager with Saab. After holding various leadership positions, he was appointed vice president of purchasing for Saab in 1990. In August 1993, he transitioned from Saab to GM as the executive director of the worldwide purchasing electrical commodity group. In October 1994, he was appointed executive director for the chemical commodity group. After two senior management assignments, Mr. Andersson was promoted to vice president of purchasing for General Motors Europe in March 1997. In 1999, he returned to GM in North America as the executive in charge for worldwide purchasing.
Bo Andersson was promoted to GM Group vice president of global purchasing and supply chain in 2007. Prior to this assignment, he was vice president of worldwide purchasing and OTD. He was responsible for GM's global purchasing, supplier quality, logistics, order fulfillment, and supply operations.
In 2009, Mr. Andersson was appointed president and CEO of GAZ Group. In March 2011, he received the "Automotive Executive of the Year Award" at the International Automotive Forum. He was also named the best executive of the year in the Russian automotive industry for achievements in model range renewal, establishment of cooperation between the GAZ Group and leading international automakers, and for the positive financial results of the company in 2010.
In 2011 Bo Andersson was named an Automotive News Europe Eurostar in the emerging market category.
Mr. Andersson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stockholm University and completed the senior management program at Harvard University in 1999.
Birgit A. Behrendt
Executive Director, Global Program
and the Americas Purchasing
Ford Motor Company
Birgit A. Behrendt is executive director, global programs and the Americas purchasing, effective July 1, 2010. In this role, she oversees all purchasing activities for Ford's North and South America operations. She also works closely with product development and is responsible for making sure the purchasing teams assigned to Ford's product programs are aligned globally and meeting program targets.
From April 1, 2008, until her current role, Ms. Behrendt was vice president, purchasing, Ford of Europe, and executive director, global programs. Prior to that, Ms. Behrendt was vice president, purchasing, Ford of Europe. She was appointed to that position in February 2004. She also served on the supervisory board of Ford-Werke GmbH and also on the board of Ford Getrag Transmission (GFT) GmbH from 2004 until May 2010.
From September 2000 to February 2004, Ms. Behrendt was director for global body and exterior purchasing. Prior to September 2000, Ms. Behrendt was a program manager for vehicle procurement operations and manager of global strategy for the purchasing business office.
Birgit Behrendt was named "Woman of the Year" by Automotive News Europe magazine in January 2008. She was also named as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Business Women" by Financial Times Deutschland in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, she was named one of the 100 leading women in the North American auto industry by Automotive News and received the prestigious "Female Executive of the Year" Award from the Mestemacher Group in Germany. Ms. Behrendt was also named to Diversity Journal's "2011 Women Worth Watching" list.
Ms. Behrendt holds a business degree from the Administration and Business Academy (Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie) in Cologne.
President and CEO - Dodge Brand
Chrysler Group LLC
President and CEO
Chrysler Canada, Inc.
Head of U.S. Sales
Chrysler Group LLC
Reid Bigland is president and chief executive officer (CEO) - Dodge Brand and the head of U.S. Sales for Chrysler Group LLC. He also is president and CEO of Chrysler Canada Inc. In addition, he was named to the Group Executive Council (GEC) as head of Dodge Brand for Fiat S.p.A. on September 1, 2011.
The 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.
Mr. Bigland was appointed president and CEO - Dodge Brand and the head of U.S. Sales, Chrysler Group LLC in June 2011. In that capacity, he has full responsibility for the Dodge brand and he is in charge of sales strategy, dealer relations and operations, order facilitation, incentives and field operations in the U.S. He remains president and CEO, Chrysler Canada Inc., a position he was named to in July 2006. Mr. Bigland also serves as chairman, Chrysler Canada.
Previously, he was president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, a South Carolina-based company.
During Mr. Bigland's career he has had responsibility for all aspects of management, including human resources, sales and marketing, manufacturing, engineering, product planning, customer service and distribution in both Canada and the U.S.
Mr. Bigland received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1990.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Cannon became president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) in December 2011. In this role, Mr. Cannon will have overall responsibility for the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Sprinter and smart brands in the United States. He will lead MBUSA’s more than 1,700 employees and 356 dealers throughout the U.S.
Mr. Cannon’s most recent post was vice president of marketing for MBUSA with overall responsibility for marketing communications, market research and product management of the Mercedes-Benz and Maybach brands in the U.S.
Mr. Cannon began his automotive career in 1991 as executive assistant to the president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz of North America (predecessor to MBUSA). From there, Mr. Cannon moved to Stuttgart and joined a small team tasked with the development, manufacturing and launch of the M-Class, the first Mercedes-Benz SUV ever made in, and for this market.
In the interim, before returning to Mercedes-Benz here in the U.S., Mr. Cannon served as director of marketing for Debis Financial Services (later Daimler Financial Services) and then held key positions in retail and e-business consultancies. He also served as principal for The Richards Group, one of the largest independent full-service advertising agencies in the U.S. before joining MBUSA in his current position.
Mr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated with honors. He is a United States Army Airborne Ranger and served as 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Johan de Nysschen
Johan de Nysschen became president of Infiniti on July 1, 2012. In this role he oversees all functions within the Infiniti Business Unit (IBU), which was established in April 2008 to enhance the global business operations of the Infiniti luxury brand.
The IBU is responsible for managing global business operations for Infiniti, ensuring consistent development of the Infiniti brand, and driving its profitable growth around the world. In addition to the Hong Kong headquarters, there are three regional operations hubs, including IBU Americas (US, Canada, Latin America), IBU AMIE (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Russia), and IBU China. Asia & Oceana market operations are coordinated out of HK HQ.
From December 2004, Mr. de Nysschen was president of Audi of America Inc., at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. in charge of business in the United States. Mr. de Nysschen served as a member of the Executive Board of Volkswagen of America, Inc.
He joined Audi of America after many successful international assignments at Audi, including serving as the president of Audi Japan from April 1999 to December 2004. During that time, he oversaw significant development of the Audi business, establishing an exclusive Audi dealer network and reconfiguring the vehicle lineup.
From 1993 - 1999, Mr. de Nysschen was general manager, Audi South Africa and prior to that held various management positions in the automotive industry. From 1981 to 1990, he occupied positions in the Plastics/Automotive components industry, and in government service.
Mr. de Nysschen has an MBA, marketing and finance from the University of Pretoria as well as a BA, commerce and economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
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 in Business Administration (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.
Audi of America
Scott Keogh is president of Audi of America with responsibility for all U.S. activities of the brand as it continues to achieve unprecedented levels of sales growth, dealer network development and customer consideration.
Mr. Keogh stepped into the top management position at Audi of America on June 20, 2012. He will lead Audi as it moves to become the leading premium brand before 2020 and exceed 200,000 in sales from record sales of 117,561 cars and SUVs in 2011.
In his previous role, as chief marketing officer, Mr. Keogh had responsibility for building the Audi brand in the U.S. market as well as overseeing product planning and launches.
A strong advocate for Audi performance and efficiency engineering, Mr. Keogh helped steer the introduction of Audi TDI clean diesel technology to the U.S. market by positioning it as a social cause rather than a mere engine variant.
Mr. Keogh also developed the strategy to re-introduce RS performance models, including the RS 5 coupe, to the American premium sports car segment. Mr. Keogh further advocated for the return of the iconic Audi allroad, as part of a strategy that has resulted in 14 new Audi model launches for American consumers between 2006 and 2012.
Given the importance of steadily augmenting Audi positioning as the premium brand in the American luxury market, Mr. Keogh’s marketing and advertising work has been as highly lauded as it has been closely watched since he joined the company in 2006 from his position as general manager of marketing communications for Mercedes-Benz USA.
Among the Audi brand accomplishments led by Mr. Keogh have been early awareness-building exercises such as the Truth in 24 documentaries about Audi successes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race; Audi ground-breaking ads in five consecutive Super Bowl broadcasts, and the integration of Audi into the Iron Man movie series.
Senior Vice President-Purchasing and
Chrysler Group LLC
Scott Kunselman was named senior vice president - purchasing and supplier quality, Chrysler Group LLC in April 2012. He is responsible for all purchasing and supplier quality activities, including both product-related components and indirect suppliers and services.
Previously, he held the position of senior vice president - engineering since June 2009. In this position, Mr. Kunselman oversaw all systems and component engineering, vehicle line platform programs, international engineering, advance vehicle development and innovation, powertrain product engineering, product technical planning and regulatory affairs. He was also responsible for vehicle testing, validation and all product development processes in support of a world class product development factory.
Since first joining the former Chrysler Corporation in 1985 as a product engineer, he has held many different positions within the company.
Mr. Kunselman earned a Master of Business Administration degree (1993) and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (1987) from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1985).
He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) since 1984. He is the chairman of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Science Center and was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Oakland University Board of Trustees.
Timothy D. Leuliette
President and Chief Executive Officer
Timothy D. Leuliette is president and chief executive officer of Visteon Corporation, leading the company’s strategy and overseeing all aspects of its global business.
Mr. Leuliette has been a director of Visteon since Oct. 1, 2010. He was appointed interim chairman, CEO and president on Aug. 10, 2012, and has served as president and CEO since Sept. 30, 2012.
Mr. Leuliette has a strong background in the automotive industry and extensive experience and relationships in Asia. He has served as CEO or chief operating officer of major international auto suppliers. Until Oct. 14, 2010, he served as president and chief executive officer of automotive supplier DURA Automotive, leading that company to a successful recapitalization and sale after its emergence from restructuring. Mr. Leuliette also served as a managing director of Patriarch Partners, LLC, the majority shareholder of DURA.
Prior to DURA, he served as co-chairman and co-CEO of Asahi Tec Corp., a Japanese publicly traded manufacturer of automotive parts, after the company acquired Metaldyne Corp., a company he co-founded and where he served as chairman, CEO and president from January 2001 to January 2008. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Penske Corp., and he is a past chairman of the board of the Detroit Branch of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
In addition to serving in a variety of executive and management positions during his career, Mr. Leuliette has been a member of various other corporate and civic boards.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Robert Bosch LLC
Mike Mansuetti was named president of Robert Bosch LLC on July 1, 2012.
In this assignment, Mr. Mansuetti works with the business units and sales organizations to guide the regional growth strategy with a focus on cross-divisional business opportunities and new business areas. Since joining Bosch in 1988, Mr. Mansuetti has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing and management in the U.S. and Germany, including senior vice president, technical plant manager in Anderson, South Carolina.
His most recent position, beginning in 2009, was senior vice president of the fuel injection business unit in the Gasoline Systems Division.
Mr. Mansuetti, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
Member of the Executive Board,
Continental Automotive GmbH
Helmut Matschi is a member of the executive board, interior division for Continental Automotive GmbH, a position he was appointed to in August 2009.
Mr. Matschi began his career as a research and development engineer with the Installation technology division of Siemens AG in Regensburg in 1986. He worked for a segment of Siemens Automation and Drives that would later become Siemens Automotive. After serving in various positions in research and development, business development and sales and in quality assurance for airbag electronics, restraint systems and car body electronics, he was promoted in 1999 to run the Carbody Electronics business segment of former Siemens Automotive, which became Siemens VDO Automotive AG in 2001, following the acquisition of VDO by Siemens AG.
In 2003, Mr. Matschi was appointed to head the global Body and Chassis division of Siemens VDO, where he accompanied the company's acquisition of Huntsville Electronics from DaimlerChrysler in 2004. At that time he moved to Huntsville to run the global business of the division and taking care of the successful integration of Huntsville Electronics into Siemens VDO. In autumn 2005, he moved to Korea, leading the body and chassis business and at the same time driving the company's business in the Asian markets.
In April 2006, Mr. Matschi was appointed to become member of the board of Siemens VDO Automotive AG as group vice president, being responsible for the Infotainment and Interior business unit. With the acquisition of Siemens VDO by Continental AG in 2007, Mr. Matschi took over the position as president of the Division Interior, one of the three automotive divisions within Continental corporation established after the acquisition.
Mr. Matschi received a Dipl. Ing. (FH) degree in communications technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany.
Executive Vice President
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
John W. Mendel is executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., heading up both Honda and Acura Automobile Sales Divisions. Mr. Mendel is responsible for U.S. sales activities of the Honda and Acura Divisions as well as Acura Parts and Service field operations. In addition, he oversees Honda and Acura market representation, customer marketing, dealer business management, and product and sales information.
In his previous position, Mr. Mendel was executive vice president, Automobile Operations of American Honda Motor Co., Inc, and was responsible for product planning, advertising, marketing, public relations and distribution for both Honda and Acura Automobile Divisions.
Mr. Mendel joined American Honda in December 2004, and was promoted to executive vice president in 2007.
Prior to joining American Honda, Mr. Mendel served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Mazda North American Operations. He began his career with Ford Motor Company’s U.S. operations in 1976 and held numerous sales and marketing positions within Ford, Lincoln Mercury and Ford Customer Service. He was appointed major markets/dealer advertising manager in 1990 and regional operations manager in Chicago in 1992. Mr. Mendel served as regional manager for Ford’s San Francisco and Los Angeles operations from 1993 through 1998. He then served as director of marketing with Ford of Britain from 1999 to 2002 before joining the leadership team at Mazda.
Mr. Mendel holds undergraduate degrees in business and economics and a master of business administration from Duke University.
President and CEO
Ford Motor Company
Alan Mulally is president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company. He also is a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Ford in September 2006, Mr. Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In that role, he was responsible for all of the company’s commercial airplane programs and related services. Mr. Mulally also was a member of the Boeing Executive Council and served as Boeing’s senior executive in the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Mulally was named Boeing’s president of Commercial Airplanes in September 1998. The responsibility of chief executive officer for the business unit was added in March 2001.
Previously, Mr. Mulally served as president of Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems and senior vice president of The Boeing Company. Appointed to that role in February 1997, he was responsible for Boeing’s defense, space and government business.
Beginning in 1994, Mr. Mulally was senior vice president of Airplane Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, responsible for all airplane development activities, flight test operations, certification and government technical liaison. Earlier, Mr. Mulally served as Boeing’s vice president of Engineering, and as vice president and general manager of the 777 program.
Throughout his career, Mr. Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including being named "Businessperson of the Year" by the readers of Fortune magazine, "Industry Leader of the Year" by Automotive News magazine, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine, one of "The 30 Most Respected CEOs" by Barrons magazine, "Person of the Year" by Financial Times in its FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards, "Chief Executive of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, "Man of the Year" in the automotive sector by El Mundo, "World Top Manager" by InterAutoNews, “Person of the Year” by Aviation Week magazine and one of “The Best Leaders” by BusinessWeek magazine. He has also been honored with the Automotive Executive of the Year Award, the Edison Achievement Award and induction into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Mulally holds bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and earned a master’s in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan fellow.
Founder and CEO
Scott Painter is the founder and CEO of TrueCar and oversees day-to-day operations and the strategic direction of the company. He also chairs the Board of Directors.
Mr. Painter is a serial entrepreneur having incorporated 37 companies and having raised over $1.25 billion in debt and equity capital for those businesses over the last 20 years. His primary focus and passion is auto-retail and he was founder and CEO of CarsDirect.com and Build-To-Order as well as having been an early advisor to numerous automotive businesses including Tesla.
Mr. Painter was an Army interrogator and then attended West Point where he studied political science and systems engineering. While at West Point he served as class president before transferring to UC Berkeley where he studied political economics. Prior to graduation he dropped out to sell his first auto-related start-up, AUTOAccess, an electronic database of used cars for sale. Mr. Painter was an IdeaLab CEO and an eCompanies CEO. His other ventures include Advertise.com, SharesPost, PriceLock, CarsDirect.com, US Digital Gaming, Zag.com and Brighthouse.
Douglas E. Patton
Senior Vice President,
DENSO International America, Inc.
Doug Patton is senior vice president of DENSO International America, Inc.’s, Engineering Division overseeing operation of development facilities, testing and technical services, engineering administration and the company’s product engineering. He is responsible for climate control; engine management systems and components; engine electrical; safety products; cluster, navigation and body electronics, and small motor engineering.
Mr. Patton joined DENSO in 1986 where he managed heavy-duty electrical sales and strategic business development for the U.S. on-highway truck market. In 1988, he became senior manager of the General Motors account responsible for maintaining customer business. In 1993, Mr. Patton was promoted to director of engineering responsible for managing business development for new business segments, overseeing BMW North American business and directing DaimlerChrysler sales activity in the U.S. and Europe.
In December 1999, Mr. Patton became vice president of customer development, assuming responsibility for sales planning, Ford business and heavy duty/off highway business and service center. One year later, he became vice president of engineering, responsible for overseeing the powertrain, safety and engine electrical engineering groups.
Before joining DENSO, he served as a release engineer and senior market analyst at Caterpillar, Inc. for nine years.
Mr. Patton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University.
Roger S. Penske is the founder and chairman of Penske Corporation, a closely-held, diversified, transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics, transportation component manufacturing and professional motorsports. Penske Corporation manages businesses with revenues in excess of $16 billion, operating in more than 1,800 locations and employing more than 36,000 people worldwide.
Mr. Penske is also the chairman of Penske Automotive Group (NYSE:PAG) which operates 345 retail automotive franchises representing more than 40 different brands and 30 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive Group, Inc., has 174 franchises in 18 states and Puerto Rico and 171 franchises located outside the United States, in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. PAG also operates www.penskecars.com, the ultimate car buying experience. Penske Automotive Group, Inc. is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 and has approximately 17,000 employees.
Penske Performance, Inc. operations include teams competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series under the "Penske Racing" banner. Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced 364 major race wins, 423 pole positions and 24 National Championships, including the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship with driver Brad Keselowski.
Mr. Penske serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of General Electric Company and Universal Technical Institute. He is also vice chairman of the Downtown Detroit Partnership and a director of Business Leaders for Michigan.
GM Vice President and
President, North America
The president of General Motors North America since 2009, Mark L. Reuss is responsible for GM’s performance, manufacturing, portfolio and dealer network in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Before being named president, Mr. Reuss served as vice president of engineering, managed GM’s operations in Australia and New Zealand, and was a member of the GM Asia Pacific Strategy Board.
Mr. Reuss is a mechanical engineer who began his career with GM as a student intern in 1983. He held numerous engineering and management positions with GM brands, including serving as chief engineer of GM’s large luxury vehicles and manufacturing body shop tooling launches.
In 2001, Mr. Reuss created the GM Performance Division as executive director of Architecture Engineering and GM Performance Division. In this role, Mr. Reuss was also responsible for GM’s racing vehicles including the V-Series Cadillacs and SS Chevrolets. In 2005, he was appointed executive director of GM’s North America Vehicle Systems and Architecture, and one year later was named executive director of Global Vehicle Integration, Safety and Virtual Development.
Mr. Reuss holds a bachelor of engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from Duke University. He is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the Nurburgring Motorsport Racetrack in Germany, and he earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.
J.E. "Ted" Robertson
Chief Technical Officer - Americas
Magna International Inc.
James Edward “Ted” Robertson was named chief technical officer, the Americas, for Magna International Inc. in 2007.
As CTO, Mr. Robertson shares in the responsibility for advanced engineering projects, product innovation planning and R&D allocation.
From 2008 to mid-2012, Mr. Robertson also helped create and managed Magna E-Car Systems, a start-up joint venture company for electric vehicles and components including batteries and packs.
Mr. Robertson joined Magna International in May 2006 as executive vice president, new product creation. Prior to joining Magna, Mr. Robertson spent 35 years at General Motors, beginning in 1968 as an experimental engineer for GM Canada. Throughout his GM career, Mr. Robertson held various senior executive positions including staff engineer for Buick experimental manufacturing and Buick styling & body design; director of engineering and forward planning GM Canada; chief engineer for the Camaro and Firebird; vehicle line executive for mid-size trucks; and chief engineer for small and mid-size trucks.
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.
Professionally, Mr. Robertson has been actively involved in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for more than 40 years, held numerous SAE Section Governing Board positions, and served two terms on the SAE Board of Directors. He also has been active in FISITA, the international federation of automotive engineering societies, as vice president, strategic planning, and was elected FISITA president for a two-year term beginning in 2010.
Mr. Robertson is an active alumnus of the University of Toronto, where he earned bachelor‘s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and was inducted into the university’s Hall of Distinction, one of only 200 total.
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
WL Ross & Co. LLC
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. is chief executive officer and chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, and member of the Office of the Chairman and Investment Committee. Mr. Ross is an acknowledged industry leader in bankruptcy, restructuring and privatization services, and is one of the leading financial advisors and investors to have been involved in some of the largest bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. Mr. Ross has assisted in restructuring more than $200 billion of corporate liabilities. Well-known as a skilled negotiator and as an expert in the bankruptcy process, Mr. Ross has worked on a variety of complex bankruptcy proceedings in a broad range of industries. He was executive managing director of Rothschild Inc. for 24 years before acquiring that firm's private equity partnerships in 2000.
Mr. Ross holds an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University and an A.B. from Yale University.
Chief Executive Officer
Don Runkle joined EcoMotors as CEO in 2009, bringing a wealth of automotive and executive leadership experience to the company. This "power creation" start-up was founded in 2008 by world-renowned engine innovator, Prof. Peter Hofbauer, father of the contemporary high-speed diesel engine during his tenure as Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. EcoMotors is backed by Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, the prominent investor in disruptive clean technology.
Until mid-2005, Mr. Runkle was vice chairman and chief technical officer of Delphi Corporation, where he was the senior executive responsible for deploying lean principles and integrating engineering, manufacturing and purchasing, and for leading major international customer accounts. As Delphi's executive vice president from 2000 to 2003, Mr. Runkle was responsible for the $14 billion Dynamics and Propulsion Systems Sector, where he acquired significant new business and led more than $4 billion of worldwide M&A venture transactions.
Prior to his days at Delphi, Mr. Runkle enjoyed a 31-year career at General Motors, which included posts as vice president of advanced engineering, vice president of engineering operations for North America, chief engineer of Chevrolet, and vice president and general manager of energy and engine management division – an operation that yielded $7 billion in annual revenue. His many accomplishments at GM include production programs that won prestigious "Top 10 Engine" and "Car of the Year" awards, and also countless advanced concepts demonstrating high efficiency and high performance.
Mr. Runkle holds both bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He was also a Sloan Fellow, receiving his masters’ degree in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kimberly M. Stonehouse
Kimberly Stonehouse is the automotive industry development manager at Google. She leads marketing and research for the company's US automotive clients and agency partners. Previously, she managed global operations for Google's top international consumer packaged goods and automotive clients. Ms. Stonehouse joined Google in 2006 to lead automotive advertising strategies for Google's East Coast region. Prior to Google, Ms. Stonehouse built cross-platform advertising solutions for marketers at the National Geographic Channel.
Ms. Stonehouse has shared automotive marketing insight at automotive conferences and industry publications including eMarketer, NADA, and The Automotive Leadership Roundtable.
Kimberly received a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
President and CEO
BMW North America
Ludwig Willisch was named head of region Americas for the BMW Group in May 2012. In addition to his responsibilities for the US, Canadian and Mexican markets, he is also responsible for all sales, marketing and distribution activities for the Latin American and Caribbean importer markets, and the BMW Group sales offices in Brazil and Argentina for the BMW Group.
Ludwig Willisch also retains his positions as president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of BMW (US) Holding Corp. and serves as chairman of the BMW NA management board and director of Designworks/USA, Inc., a strategic design consultancy in California.
Prior to his arrival in the U.S., Mr. Willisch was head of the BMW Group European sales region. In this position he was responsible for sales of BMW and MINI automobiles in all European countries outside of Germany.
Prior to 2009, Mr. Willisch served as president of BMW M GmbH, the specialized performance division of BMW AG encompassing BMW M Automobiles, BMW Individual and BMW Driver Training. Under his leadership, sales of BMW M GmbH products increased by some 50%.
Mr. Willisch began his career with the BMW Group in 1996 as head of the Düsseldorf branch. He gained further international sales experience as head of the sales subsidiaries in Germany, Japan and Sweden.
Before joining the BMW Group in 1996, Mr. Willisch held various wholesale and retail sales positions in the automotive industry. He holds a degree in economics from University of Cologne.
Mary Ann Wright
Vice President Technology and
Innovation, Power Solutions
Mary Ann Wright leads the research and development organization responsible for establishing power solutions technology and innovation roadmap, application segment R&D and value chain strategies to accelerate the global growth of advanced energy storage systems. She is also leading the execution of the U.S. Department of Energy economic stimulus grant program -- establishing a domestic advanced battery industry.
Ms. Wright most recently served as vice president and general manager for Johnson Controls Hybrid Systems business, and CEO of Johnson Controls-Saft. She played a key role in establishing Johnson Controls-Saft as a leading independent global provider of hybrid battery systems.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Wright was executive vice president engineering, product development, commercial and program management for Collins & Aikman Corporation. Prior to Collins & Aikman, she served as director, sustainable mobility technologies and hybrid vehicle programs at Ford Motor Company. In this capacity she was responsible for all hybrid, fuel cell and alternative fuel technology development. She also served as chief engineer of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, the industry's first full hybrid SUV. She also led the launch of Ford's first hydrogen-powered fuel cell fleet program. She began her career at Ford in 1988, holding a variety of positions in finance, product and business planning, and engineering.
Ms. Wright received the 2011 and 2012 Automotive News/Ernst and Young "Electrifying 100" honor and for several years has been recognized by Automotive News as one of the "Leading 100 Women in the Automotive Industry." In 2010, she received a Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. She was named as one of the "Top 50 Women to Watch" by the Wall Street Journal.
Ms. Wright earned a bachelor's degree in economics and international business from the University of Michigan, a master of science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration degree from Wayne State University.
Executive Vice President,
Hyundai Motor America
David Zuchowski, a 27-year veteran of the automotive industry, joined Hyundai Motor America in February 2007 as executive vice president of sales. Mr. Zuchowski is responsible for all sales, sales operations, market representation, field operations and overall dealer relations.
Mr. Zuchowski joins Hyundai from Mazda North America where he served as vice president of sales and field operations.
Mr. Zuchowski began his career in 1980 at Ford Motor Company as a sales associate. He has spent 23 years in various executive-level positions including regional manager, product marketing manager, national merchandising manager and field operations manager for the Ford and Lincoln Mercury divisions.
Mr. Zuchowski earned his Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.
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