When it comes to pressure, no one in the auto industry is immune.
Craig Muhlhauser, who will take over as president of Visteon Automotive Systems Jan. 1, 1999, is pressured to bolster his company's non-Ford portfolio. Ricardo Martinez, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is pressured to streamline global safety standards. Both men will talk at the 1999 Automotive News World Congress.
Muhlhauser, who is charged with weaning Visteon from its overwhelming reliance on Ford Motor Co., will talk about managing a global supplier in the 21st Century.
Martinez, an emergency physician by training, has a special interest in automotive injury prevention. He will talk about developing global standards.
The panel discussion, titled 'The Global World: How Big is Big Enough?' also will feature Rudolph Schlais, president of General Motors Asia/Pacific Operations; Peter Schweitzer, president of J. Walter Thompson; and David Cole, director of
the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation at
the University of Michigan.
Another discussion, 'Think Globally, Act Locally,' will be held Tues-day, Jan. 12. Lou Kincaid, who is general manager of product engineering worldwide for Mil-waukee-based Johnson Con-trols Inc., will replace John Barth, Johnson Controls' president and COO, on that panel.
The Automotive News World Congress runs Jan. 10-13 at the Marriott Renaissance Center (formerly the Westin Hotel) in Detroit. The program includes individual speakers along with panels on such topics as intelligent transportation and the world after DaimlerChrysler.