THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The second Automotive News Europe Congress on June 22-23 will offer a close-up look at a changing global auto industry from some of the executives who are helping to change it.
CEOs of eight automakers and supplier companies will speak at the Netherlands Congress Center in the Hague.
Two gala dinners are planned. On Monday evening, June 22, Louis Schweitzer, chairman of Renault SA, and Noel Goutard, chairman of Valeo SA, Europe's second-largest independent supplier, will speak.
Tuesday night's keynote speakers will be Paolo Cantarella, CEO of Fiat S.p.A. and Klaus Bleyer, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Europe's largest independent supplier of transmissions.
On Tuesday, June 23, the lineup of daytime speakers includes several executives at the center of action in the world auto industry:
Dieter Zetsche, Daimler-Benz AG sales and marketing chief, has led the effort to extend the Mercedes-Benz brand into new market segments.
Chung Mong-Gyu, chairman of Hyundai Motor Co., is guiding his company through the economic crisis in Korea.
David Herman, chairman of General Motors' Adam Opel AG subsidiary since 1992, has launched the new Astra in Europe's toughest segment and is preparing to head GM's new operations in Russia.
Martin Winterkorn, head of product development at Volkswagen AG, is overseeing the biggest outpouring of new product in the company's history, including the New Beetle.
Frederic Saint-Geours, head of Automobiles Peugeot in PSA's new organization, is in charge of strategy, product development, sales, marketing and advertising.
Juan-Jose Diaz Ruiz, Toyota Motor Europe's new sales and marketing chief, was recently hired away from Audi. He will lead Toyota's ambitious effort to push sales in Europe from 372,000 last year to 600,000 in 2000.
Charles Szuluk, president of Visteon, the world's second-largest supplier company, is transforming Ford's component businesses into a powerhouse.
Chris Bangle, director of design at BMW AG, leads a team that has created a new generation of BMW models.
The congress begins Monday afternoon, June 22, with a roundtable discussion on product development. Engineering executives from GM, Ford, Rover, Volvo, BMW and VW's Skoda subsidiary will participate.
Representing supplier companies on the panel will be Daniel Dewavrin, chairman of Faurecia, the French supplier group created by the recent merger of Bertrand Faure and ECIA.
A.T. Kearney Inc., the management consultant firm, is a partner in the Automotive News Europe Congress.