English, Stockman are among World Congress speakers

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What: Automotive News World Congress

When: Jan. 14-17, 2002

Where: Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.

Extras: Gala dinner Wednesday, Jan. 16. Tour of the North American International Auto Show Thursday, Jan, 17.

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Two top executives with a keen interest in suppliers are among the speakers at the 2002 Automotive News World Congress.

Kevin English, CEO of Covisint LLC, will speak during the Jan. 16 morning session of the congress, which runs Jan. 14-17 in Dearborn, Mich. Since May, English has been responsible for building the automotive industry exchange and convincing automakers and suppliers worldwide that they need it.

Before joining Covisint in May,

English was the leader of an initiative for Credit Suisse First Boston that created a Web-enabled wealth management group. In 1999, as CEO of TheStreet.com, English spearheaded an initial public offering that netted $100 million for the financial news site.

David Stockman, a founding partner of the investment banker Heartland Industrial Partners, will speak the morning of Jan. 15.

Heartland Industrial Partners plans to continue purchasing Tier 2 supply companies with low market valuations regardless of the economy. The private equity firm was created in 1999 with a plan to buy related, undervalued companies in order to consolidate the supplier industry.

Stockman already has two strong groups of companies in related businesses. He raised close to $2 billion to form the group of companies that became Metaldyne Corp. and has another group of companies, including Collins & Aikman Corp., related to interiors.

Stockman, a former Reagan administration budget director, was a partner in another investment firm, Blackstone Group, before Heartland. While at Blackstone, Stockman led the buyout of obsolete GM axle plants that became American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

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