THE HAGUE, Netherlands - BMW AG Design Director Chris Bangle will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress in The Hague next month.
Bangle, 41, an American, has supervised the styling of a new generation of BMW models since joining the company as design chief in 1992. His team created the Z3 roadster, current versions of the 7 and 5 series, and the new 3 series.
The congress will be held June 22-23 at the Netherlands Congress Centre in The Hague. Bangle will speak on June 23. Keynote speakers at a gala dinner on Monday, June 22, are Renault President Louis Schweitzer and Noel Goutard, president of Valeo SA, Europe's second-largest supplier.
Keynoters at the June 23 dinner are Paolo Cantarella, chief executive of Fiat S.p.A., and Klaus Bleyer, chairman of ZF Fried-richshafen, Europe's largest independent supplier of transmissions.
Other Tuesday daytime speakers include: David Herman, chairman of Adam Opel AG; Dieter Zetsche, head of sales and marketing, Daimler-Benz AG; Martin Winter-korn, head of product development, Volkswagen AG; Frederic Saint-Geours, managing director of Automobiles Peugeot; Juan-Jose Diaz Ruiz, executive vice president, Toyota Motor Europe; Chung Mong-Gyu, chairman, Hyundai Motor Corp.; and Charles Szuluk, Visteon president.
The congress begins Monday afternoon, June 22, with a panel of product engineering executives from carmakers and suppliers. Among the panelists are Nick Stephenson, director of design and engineering, Rover Group; Wilfried Bockelmann, head of development, Skoda SA; Hans Gustavsson, director of development and purchasing, Volvo Car Corp.; and Daniel Dewavrin, chairman, Bertrand Faure/ECIA.