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Óscar R. Albín
Industria Nacional de Autopartes A.C.
Óscar Albin is the executive president of Industria Nacional de Autopartes A.C., a position he has held since 2012.
Mr. Albin began his career at Volkswagen of Mexico before a long stint with Chrysler that culminated in him becoming director of procurement and quality at Chrysler de México. During his tenure at Chrysler, he served in Detroit, Michigan, as development manager responsible for Mexican suppliers and subsequently, as a result of the merger of Daimler and Chrysler, spent a period with Mercedes-Benz Spain as procurement director.
Mr. Albin completed his university studies in mechanical engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey and is currently pursuing a master's degree in renewable energies.
Chris Bangle Associates s.r.l.
"Bangle is arguably the most influential auto designer of his generation." Phil Patton, New York Times.
One only needs to look down the street for evidence of Chris Bangle's ingenuity and far-reaching influence. A daring designer whose work has provoked endless discussion, Mr. Bangle is best known for his tenure as chief of design for the BMW group, where he was responsible for bringing the designs of the BMW, Mini Cooper, and Rolls Royce into the twenty-first century.
After attending the University of Wisconsin and graduating from the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), Mr. Bangle began his career at Opel in 1981, and then 4 years later moved on to Fiat, where he designed the brazen Coupe Fiat. In 1992, he was named the first American chief of design at BMW.
Chris Bangle is no stranger to controversy in the media, but what journalists do agree on is that no other designer has had such a far-reaching impact in the automotive industry in this century. His mandate to "strategize emotion" through design has energized the typically conservative brand, updating BMW's classic design with bold, sculptural lines, a far cry from homogenous car design. As a result, his daring designs have helped BMW become the global leader in premium car sales and brought in legions of new fans, spurring rivals to follow suit in emulating this distinctive style. During his time at BMW, he introduced GINA, an experimental concept roadster that explored the amazing effects of replacing the rigid metal skin of a car with one of fabric that can change the shape and better respond to the challenges of manufacturing and aerodynamics.
After pushing car design language to its limits for twenty-eight years, Mr. Bangle announced his departure in February 2009 from the auto industry - but not from car design. He is pursuing his own design-related endeavors from his studio in Italy, focusing on new ideas and cutting-edge innovation. To create the proper structure for this in March 2009 he founded Chris Bangle Associates s.r.l. (CBA) at a centuries old Borgata in the hills above Clavesana - a famed center for wine in the Piemonte Region of Italy. Today, as the managing Director of CBA, Chris Bangle leads a team of designers and engineers, who, together with the Associates from the CBA clients, use the Borgata as a hybrid "Studio/Design Residency". The open spaces and beautiful vineyards around the Borgata encourages the imagination; every year Mr. Bangle and his colleagues create large art pieces to add to the environs.
The experiences in design and innovation and the advice Mr. Bangle has to offer after over 25 years as a manager make him a speaker in demand; he travels frequently around the world to lecture, teach design, and consult with his Client Associates.
Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu
BlackBerry Technology Solutions
Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu is the president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS). In this role, he manages and drives the strategic direction of BlackBerry’s innovative technology assets, including QNX Software Systems (embedded software), Certicom (cryptography applications) and Paratek (RF antenna tuning). He also manages the company’s extensive patent portfolio and is a key leader of the Internet of Things strategy.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Chennakeshu has been engaged in research, product development, IP creation/licensing and general management in the wireless, electronics and semiconductor industry.
Prior to joining BlackBerry, he was the president of PMP LLC & RSI Consulting LLC, offering restructuring, strategic growth and innovation consultation to multinational clients. He has previously served as senior advisor at Sony Corporation of America, chief development officer of Freescale Semiconductor and general manager of Freescale’s Wireless Business group, respectively. He was also president of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and chief technology officer of Sony-Ericsson and Ericsson Mobile Phones. He started his career in research and development at General Electric (GE).
Dr. Chennakeshu holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and a post graduate diploma in industrial management from the Indian Institute of Science. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow and is a named inventor on 73 patents.
Johan de Nysschen
Executive Vice President & President
Johan de Nysschen was appointed executive vice president & president, Cadillac in July 2014. Mr. de Nysschen is responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally, including sales, pricing and network development; strategic brand development and marketing; product portfolio planning, including providing critical input for product engineering and design; and overall business results.
Mr. de Nysschen joined GM from Infiniti Motor Company, where he had been president since July 2012. He oversaw all functions within the Infiniti Business Unit of Nissan Motor Company Ltd, including managing global business operations for Infiniti, ensuring consistent development of the Infiniti brand, and driving its profitable growth around the world.
Prior to Infiniti, Mr. de Nysschen was president of Audi of America Inc., at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. from December 2004 and was in charge of business in the United States. Mr. de Nysschen was a member of the executive board of Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Mr. de Nysschen joined Audi of America after many successful international assignments at Audi, including 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 through 1999, Mr. de Nysschen was general manager, Audi South Africa. Prior to that he held various management positions in the automotive and plastics/automotive components industries, and in government service.
Johan de Nysschen holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Pretoria and a bachelor’s degree in commerce and economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
DENSO International America, Inc.
Bill Foy is senior vice president of the Sales and Marketing Division at DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Mich., where he is responsible for overseeing sales, marketing and business operations activities for all customers.
Mr. Foy first joined DIAM in 1997 as senior manager of the General Motors Sales Group where he was responsible for sales of all DENSO products. In 2001, he joined the Chrysler Sales Group (formerly Daimler Chrysler) where he coordinated sales activities for all products and was successful in aligning DENSO group companies to achieve two global supplier awards. He later was named vice president of the Chrysler Group in 2005 and was responsible for overseeing the group’s overall sales activities for the North American region. He was then appointed to vice president of the Sales and Marketing Division, responsible for overseeing the Toyota Sales, Chrysler Sales, Hyundai Sales and European Sales groups, as well as Business Operations and Planning Group for DENSO’s North American region. He was promoted to his current position as senior vice president of the Sales and Marketing Division in 2014.
Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Foy worked at Ford Motor Company for seven years in the Powertrain Component and Systems Group where he held a variety of positions in the component and engine design areas. He began his career in the aerospace industry at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn., as an application engineer and later at Parker Hannifin in Cleveland, Ohio as senior engineer.
Mr. Foy holds three degrees. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; Mich., a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.
He is an adviser on the Michigan Technological University Corporate Advisory Board and a member of the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit.
Julie A. Fream
President and CEO
Original Equipment Suppliers Association
Julie A. Fream was named president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association in September 2013.
Ms. Fream has served in a number of positions in her 30+ years in the automotive industry including positions in engineering, manufacturing and sales at General Motors Corp.; program management and marketing at Ford Motor Co.; strategic planning, sales and marketing, and business development at TRW, Inc.; and corporate strategy, global communications, sales and marketing at Visteon where she became a corporate officer in 2004.
In 2015, Ms. Fream was recognized as one of the “100 Leading Women in the Automotive Industry” by Automotive News. Additionally, she is a member of the North American Fiat Chrysler Automotive Supplier Council and the Ford Supplier Council representing the interests of the automotive supplier community.
Ms. Fream holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She also serves as a director on the board of Beaumont Health, and is the chair of the Board of Trustees for Michigan Technological University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ford Motor Company
Jim Hackett is president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company, effective May 22, 2017. He also is a member of the company’s board of directors.
Under Mr. Hackett’s leadership, together with Bill Ford, Ford is strengthening its automotive business and accelerating a strategic shift to capitalize on opportunities during a transformative period for the auto industry and the broader mobility space.
Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Hackett was chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of Ford formed to accelerate the company’s plans to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. He was named to the position March 10, 2016.
Before joining Ford Smart Mobility, Mr. Hackett was a member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors starting in 2013. As a member of the Sustainability and Innovation committee, he was actively involved with the Ford senior leadership team in launching the company’s Ford Smart Mobility plan. He also served on the Audit and the Nominating and Governance committees.
Jim Hackett was vice chairman of Steelcase, the global leader in the office furniture industry, from 2014 to 2015. He retired as CEO of Steelcase in February 2014, after having spent 20 years leading the Grand Rapids-based office furniture company.
As a consumer-focused visionary in the office furniture industry, Mr. Hackett is credited with guiding Steelcase to becoming a global leader. During his 30 years there, he helped transform the office furniture company from traditional manufacturer to industry innovator. Having spent his career focused on the evolving needs of consumers, Mr. Hackett is recognized for predicting that the office landscape would shift away from cubicles to an open space environment, giving employees the flexibility to work where they want.
Mr. Hackett is well known for his creative management approach to business. Through an equity investment by Steelcase in IDEO, an international consulting firm, he forged a unique business relationship with its CEO David Kelley to foster design innovation at the office furniture company. At that time in 1996, IDEO specialized in the design of a number of consumer products, office equipment, medical instrumentation, furniture and computers including design of the first “mouse” for early Apple computers.
He was interim director of athletics at the University of Michigan from Oct. 31, 2014 to March 11, 2016 where he led the search for a permanent athletic director appointed in January 2016. He played center on the University of Michigan football team prior to graduating from the university with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1977.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Since joining the company in 2012, Ramzi Hermiz has transformed Shiloh from a regional automotive supplier into a $1.1B global company with a strategic focus on designing, engineering and manufacturing lightweight technologies that improve performance, reduce noise and vibration and benefit the environment.
During his tenure, Mr. Hermiz has repositioned the company, now recognized as a global technology leader; expanded the company’s customer base; and grown its manufacturing footprint from nine North American plants to 28 operations, sales and technical centers throughout Asia, Europe and North America, more than doubling its revenue and employee base.
As a champion of sustainability, Mr. Hermiz’s commitment to sustainable work practices and to protecting and conserving the global environment is evident through Shiloh’s many landfill-free facilities, as well as his drive to positively affect the environmental impact of Shiloh’s products and processes through improved fuel economy, reduced greenhouse gases and increased recyclability.
Mr. Hermiz, an auto industry veteran, spent 22 years at Federal-Mogul Corporation prior to joining Shiloh. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, and an MBA in international business from DePaul University.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mike Jackson is widely regarded as one of our generation’s most influential and effective leaders in the automotive industry. As chairman, CEO and president of AutoNation, he has been singularly responsible for modernizing the automotive retail business, introducing contemporary operational practices and delivering an unprecedented degree of customer service.
As a result of his vision, AutoNation not only secured its position as America’s largest automotive retailer, the company also distinguished itself as the industry’s standard bearer for customer focus, transparency and corporate success:
• AutoNation is the only retailer in history to have sold more than 11 million vehicles
• AutoNation’s annual revenue for 2016 surpassed the $21 billion mark
• AutoNation sells nearly 600,000 vehicles and services over 4 million vehicles each year
• AutoNation owns and operates over 360 new vehicle franchises in 260 stores, over 70 collision centers, 3 auto auctions, and 3 standalone preowned sales and service centers, in 16 states across the U.S.
• More than 25,000 associates choose to build their careers with AutoNation
• AutoNation is a member of the Fortune 500, ranking in the top 150 companies
• AutoNation has been named America’s Most Admired Automotive Retailer by Fortune Magazine five times
• AutoNation dealerships continue to hold several positions on the coveted, Automotive News “Top 100 Best Dealership to Work For,” list every year
Mr. Jackson’s achievements have been widely recognized by his industry peers. He was honored in 2006 with the Excalibur Award, which is given annually to South Florida business Leader of the Year by the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. It was also in 2006 that South Florida’s CEO Magazine named Mr. Jackson CEO of the Year. In 2009, Automotive News named Mr. Jackson one of the “Fifty Visionary Dealers” of all time. In 2011, Mr. Jackson was named one of the top 50 Global Business Leaders by Fortune Magazine. In January 2012, The Detroit Free Press announced that Mike Jackson was awarded the 2011 National Retail Leadership Award by the Detroit Free Press in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). In 2010, Mr. Jackson was inducted into the Wayne Huizenga School of Business Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. With his recognition as ten-time member of the Automotive News “All-Star Team” of automotive executives, it is clear that he has earned the respect of those in position to judge genuine automotive excellence.
In addition to these honors, he is widely sought after as a speaker and media personality for his thoughts on the auto industry in specific and the broader economy in general. He has presented his views on energy policy, U.S. economic policy and domestic policy at the William J. Clinton School of Public Policy, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the North American International Powertrain Conference and the NADA OESA conference.
Audi of America, Inc.
Scott Keogh is president of Audi of America, Inc., since June 2012. He heads all U.S. activities of the company as it continues to achieve unprecedented levels of sales growth, customer consideration, brand esteem and dealer-network development. A veteran of Audi of America since 2006, Mr. Keogh has led the brand to continual new monthly sales records.
He has overseen strategic forays into new vehicle segments in the American market and crucial product launches that have significantly broadened the Audi product line in the United States. Keogh has helped forge new marketing relationships for the brand. And he has made priorities of sharpening the Audi dealer network and of promoting the vast improvements in Audi product quality.
Mr. Keogh stepped into the top management position after serving as chief marketing officer for six years, moving seamlessly into the broader responsibilities of a CEO and rallying the company’s internal and external constituencies to focus on Audi goals for further expansion in the U.S. market.
Chief Technology Officer &
President Magna Electronics
Magna International Inc.
Swamy Kotagiri is the chief technologyoOfficer of Magna International and president of Magna Electronics.
As CTO, Mr. Kotagiri manages all aspects of the company’s innovation and new product strategy and development both at a corporate level and in conjunction with Magna’s product groups. As the world’s only supplier with expertise across the entire vehicle, Magna’s product development teams produce future product solutions for nearly every automaker in the world. Under his direction, the company has further strengthened its culture of innovation through an open for business mentality that has resulted in partnerships with over 13 new companies and investment of more $70 million in areas including autonomy, connectivity and electronics.
As president of Magna Electronics, Mr. Kotagiri is responsible for its operations, strategy and technologies including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle connectivity, and integration of a variety of electrical components and systems throughout Magna products.
Mr. Kotagiri has more than 23 years of industry experience and previously served in various engineering leadership positions at Cosma International, a Magna operating unit. He was responsible for innovation strategy development as well as the launch and execution of new technologies in Cosma’s manufacturing divisions while serving as executive vice president of global engineering and R&D starting in 2008 and director of R&D prior to that. Before joining Cosma, Mr. Kotagiri was a structural engineer at General Motors.
Mr. Kotagiri has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University with a specialization in materials and structural engineering. He has more than 12 patents in automotive product and process design to his credit and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Engineering Society of Detroit.
Global Vice President of Automotive Strategy & Solutions Leader
IBM Global Business Services
Sachin Lulla is a leading expert in the Automotive industry having served as an advisor to most of the major global Auto OEMs in his 20 year consulting career. In his current role, Mr. Lulla leads IBM’s Global Automotive Strategy & Solutions with a strong focus on Digital Transformation with Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Blockchain. Prior to his current role, Sachin established IBM's Internet Of Things (IoT) practice in North America and also established a digital incubation engine for co-creation of cognitive mobility solutions with clients called the Watson IoT AutoLAB. Sachin was recently ranked as one of the Top 50 Digital Influencers in 2017 globally and as a Top Social Media Influencer for #AI, #IoT, and #Watson. Mr Lulla has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Science (MS/MIS) from Boston University, and an Executive Leadership degree from Columbia Business School. He lives in Tampa, FL and enjoys his 1969 Corvette Stingray all year round.
Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III
Mack McLarty is part of a fourth-generation family automotive business founded in 1921. He joined the family enterprise in 1969, after graduating with honors from the University of Arkansas. Under his direction, the McLarty Companies’ innovative leasing operation became one of the country's largest, even as their automotive dealerships expanded throughout the southern United States.
In 1998, the McLartys merged their business with Asbury Automotive Group, and Mr. McLarty became vice chair and a director on the Asbury board, helping successfully take that company public in 2002.
Today, having re-established his dealerships holdings, Mr. McLarty serves as vice chairman of RML Automotive, the nation’s largest minority dealer group, in partnership with Robert L. Johnson.
A strong believer in public service, Mr. McLarty served more than five years as a member of President Bill Clinton's cabinet, first as White House Chief of Staff and then as Counselor to the President and Special Envoy for the Americas. Previously, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Petroleum Council and the National Council on Environmental Quality, and served as a governor on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board.
After leaving the White House in 1998, Mr. McLarty founded McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm, where he serves as chairman.
He also spent a decade as chairman and CEO of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. Under his leadership, ARKLA won recognition for management excellence, environmental initiatives and minority enterprise development.
President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations
Managing Executive Officer,
Mazda Motor Corporation
As president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and managing executive officer, Mazda Motor Corporation (MMC), Masahiro Moro is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including sales, marketing, parts and service, logistics, communications, customer support and regional operations. In addition, as managing executive officer of Mazda Motor Corporation, he will also carry the title of chief marketing officer and oversee global marketing strategy.
Mr. Moro has served as the president and CEO of MNAO since January 2016 and reports directly to Akira Marumoto, executive vice president of Mazda Motor Corporation.
Mr. Moro brings years of experience and a wealth of previous success to his role at MNAO, most previously serving as a managing executive officer for Mazda Motor Corporation. In his 33 years with Mazda Motor Corporation (formally Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.), Mr. Moro has served in various marketing, sales and customer service capacities across the organization, including two years as general manager of the global marketing division, before joining Mazda’s European operations in March 2004. He held the position of vice president of marketing of Mazda Motor Europe GmbH for four years, until taking on the role of global marketing for Mazda Motor Corporation. Additionally, he served as director of Mazda Australia from May 25, 2012 to July 31, 2013.
President & CEO
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Hiroto Saikawa is currently president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML), a global automotive company with more than 240,000 employees and over US$110 billion in revenue. He has held this position since April 1, 2017, after serving as co-CEO from October 2016. He is also a representative director of NML.
Between January 2014 and October 2016, Mr. Saikawa was Nissan's chief competitive officer (CCO), where he led research and development, manufacturing, supply chain management, purchasing and total customer satisfaction. Since 1999, he has served in a variety of senior management positions at Nissan throughout the world, including chairman of the management committees of the Americas and Europe. He has also served as the executive vice president of purchasing. In addition to his responsibilities at Nissan, Mr. Saikawa is the current chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Renault between 2006 and 2016.
Mr. Saikawa joined NML immediately following his graduation from Tokyo University in 1977.
President & CEO
Volvo Car Corporation
Håkan Samuelsson is the president & CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, a position he was appointed to in October 2012.
Mr. Samuelsson started his professional career in Scania in 1977 where he stayed for more than 20 years. He held leading positions within Scania’s technical division before he joined the executive board in 1996.
He brought his vast truck experience from Scania to MAN in 2000, when he became head of MAN Nutfahrzeuge, a subsidiary of MAN AG. When Mr. Samuelsson became CEO of MAN in 2005, he initiated a broad restructuring of the group which resulted in an enhanced and more efficient organization with a more focused product portfolio.
Mr. Samuelsson has worked Latin America and across Europe and is also a board member of Teknikföretagen and Volvo Group.
Mr. Samuelsson earned an MSc in mechanical engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
Responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales
Britta Seeger has been a member of the board of management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2017, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.
Previously, she was president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Türk A.S. for over one year, with overall responsibility for the production and sales of trucks and buses in Turkey.
From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Seeger was president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Korea and Daimler Trucks Korea in Seoul, South Korea.
Ms. Seeger started her career at the former Mercedes-Benz AG in 1989 and has extensive sales and management experience. After working as an international sales trainer for passenger cars and holding other positions in the areas of retail and marketing, she was appointed head of the eBusiness Unit in 2000. Additional positions in sales-related management positions followed within Daimler AG, including in product management at Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars & smart, starting in 2006. After that, Ms. Seeger took over the position as a director, first for the area of service operations & service sales, and then for sales & marketing parts, in each case across all divisions of Daimler AG.
Ms. Seeger studied business administration at the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart.
Jonathan Smoke leads Cox Automotive’s economic industry insights office. This office is tasked with leveraging data to expand Cox Automotive’s deep expertise in all aspects of the automotive industry. His focus is to connect the data from all of the company’s businesses and platforms and relate to economic, industry and demographic trends.
For more than 22 years, Mr. Smoke has focused on translating data and trends into relevant, actionable insights for the industries that represent the biggest purchases that consumers make in their lifetimes: real estate and automotive.
Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Mr. Smoke served as Realtor.com’s chief economist. Before that, he was the chief economist for Hanley Wood, a media and market intelligence company, and also served in a variety of roles at Beazer Homes, including senior vice president of strategy and innovation.
Jonathan Smoke was named one of "the 21 most interesting people in real estate" by Inman News and was the only economist to make the list in 2016. He is quoted in national news outlets and has published more than 150 original articles. Mr. Smoke blogs regularly and tweets using Twitter handle @SmokeonCars to share his industry insights.
Mr. Smoke holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religious studies from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in business from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chairman of the Managing Board
Carlos Tavares is the chairman of the managing board of PSA Groupe, a position he was named to on March 31, 2014. He was named member managing board in January 2014.
Mr. Tavares began his career at the Renault Group in 1981, and spent 23 years in engineering and program management, including program director for C-segment cars.
In 2004, he joined Nissan as a program director and later that year was appointed vice president of product strategy and product planning. By 2005, he was named executive vice president and elected as a member of the board of directors. In 2009, he was appointed executive vice president, chairman of the management committee Americas and president of Nissan North America. As chairman, he oversaw Nissan’s operations in North, Central and South America, including manufacturing, engineering, design, sales and marketing, administration and finance.
Mr. Tavares was named group chief operating officer of Renault Société Anonym in 2011.
Mr. Tavares graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1981 with a degree in engineering.
Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association
Flavio Volpe is a champion of Canada’s globally relevant automotive sector and is dedicated to the growth of Canada’s automotive innovation, the development of new markets and the leveraging of its international leadership. Representing the interests of suppliers at home and abroad, he proudly leads the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) - Canada’s national association representing OEM producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services for the worldwide automotive industry.
Previous to APMA, as managing director of WIRSOL Solar Mr. Volpe oversaw the Canadian operations for the EU’s largest privately-held solar photovoltaic energy developer, leading efforts to secure new opportunities in both public and private energy markets. He has also served as chief of staff to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade in the Province of Ontario. He lead an inter-Ministry strategy team tasked with leading the Province’s effort to secure new global automotive mandates and providing OEM interim support during the global economic crisis.
Mr. Volpe holds a master’s in business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Toronto.
Martinrea International Inc.
Rob Wildeboer is the executive chairman and co-founder of Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts supplier, specializing in automotive fluid systems and metal forming products. Martinrea has over 14,000 employees at 44 divisions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and China. Prior to joining the Company as a full-time executive, Mr. Wildeboer was a partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, a law firm that practices corporate, securities and tax law that he co-founded in 1993; prior to that, Mr. Wildeboer had been a lawyer with Stikeman, Elliott LLP; an associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught corporate law and corporate finance; and a regulator with the Ontario Securities Commission.
Mr. Wildeboer is chair of the CEO Manufacturing Advisory Council of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, chair of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a leading public policy think tank, vice-chair of CARDUS, a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture, a director of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Counsel (CAPC), was director and vice chair of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA), retiring in 2015, a past member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada, retiring in 2014, a past member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Minister of Finance of Canada, retiring in 2015 and is involved with numerous charitable organizations.
In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada. Mr. Wildeboer holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from York University and an LLM from Harvard University.
Hinrich J. Woebcken
CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen and
President and CEO
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Hinrich J. Woebcken is the CEO of the North American region for the Volkswagen brand, where he oversees all activities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. He is also president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGOA); the U.S. operations of a worldwide family brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Mr. Woebcken assumed both positions in April 2016.
Prior to joining Volkswagen AG in January 2016, Mr. Woebcken worked for 30 years in the automotive industry for Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs. He spent more than 10 years with the BMW Group where he held dsenior leadership positions, including senior vice president, driving dynamics. Additionally, Mr. Woebcken was a member of the executive board and CEO commercial vehicle systems division at Knorr Bremse AG and has held various management positions with Krauss-Maffei AG and Dürr AG.
Mr. Woebcken earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Applied Science, Rosenheim Germany, in 1985.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Klaus Zellmer is president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), where he is responsible for both the United States and Canada.
Headquartered in Atlanta, PCNA is the importer of Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the Panamera sports sedan, for the United States. As president, Mr. Zellmer oversees the import and distribution of Porsche cars through the retail operations of approximately 188 U.S. dealers and four ports of entry in the United States. Sales support, marketing, parts distribution, and other functions including sales and service training, also fall within his areas of responsibility.
Mr. Zellmer further leads operations for the new $100 million Porsche Experience Center and North American headquarters in Atlanta, which opened in May 2015. This 27.7-acre complex includes corporate offices for all U.S.-based Porsche entities, a 1.6-mile driver development track, a technical training center and fine dining restaurant. A second Porsche Experience Center is due to open in Los Angeles in 2016. Prior to joining PCNA, Mr. Zellmer served as head of Overseas and Emerging Markets for Porsche. In this role, he was responsible for Porsche subsidiaries in Australia, Japan and Korea, and the sports car manufacturer's regional offices in Asia-Pacific, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, from 2010 until early 2015, he was CEO of Porsche Germany and grew sales from 13,000 units to 24,000 units in Porsche's home market.
Mr. Zellmer first joined Porsche in 1997. He spent time as a regional manager in North America, as head of Marketing and Distribution at the Porsche Plant in Leipzig, Germany, and as the director of marketing in Porsche Deutschland GmbH.
Mr. Zellmer studied Business Administration in Germany, Great Britain and the United States.