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Farley, Kozyra on Congress speaker roster

Kozyra: Oversees Continental
Jim Farley, general manager of Lexus Division, and William Kozyra, CEO of Continental AG's North American operations, have joined the faculty of the 2008 Automotive News World Congress. Both executives will speak Tuesday morning, Jan. 22.

Kozyra is at the center of Continental AG's $15.66 billion acquisition of German rival Siemens VDO Automotive, which after regulatory approval would create the fifth-largest auto supplier in the world.

He began his career as a project engineer at Budd Co. and eventually became president of Budd's Wheel and Brake division. Kozyra later worked at Bosch and ITT Automotive.

Key facts
When: Jan. 21-24
Where: Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Cost: $1,395 early registration fee by Nov. 30. Daily fee $975.
For information: 866-374-6227 (U.S. only) or 734-929-0498

Farley: Moved up ladder at Toyota
As Continental's North American CEO, Kozyra oversees the division's product lines, engineering, finance, quality, human resources, sales and marketing as well as North American manufacturing operations and product development.

Farley has steadily moved up the ladder during his 17 years at Toyota, where he was responsible for the launch of Scion.

He was group vice president of marketing for Toyota Division before being named group vice president of Lexus.

In his current position, Farley oversees Lexus' marketing, sales, retail development and product planning operations. c

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