AKRON, Ohio - The likely impact of e-business on the automotive supply chain - as seen through the eyes of some leading automotive industry executives - will command center stage for part of a conference planned Feb. 22-23 in New Orleans.
The event, 'E-Business Strategies & Opportunities,' is being organized by Plastics News, a sister publication to Automotive News. It will be held at Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place and is targeted at a plastics industry audience. The automotive market will be in the spotlight when Raymond Pollard, General Motors' executive director of global supplier electronic commerce, teams with Chuck Shih, vice president of business strategy for Commerce One Inc., to present a keynote luncheon speech Feb. 23.
Pollard is responsible for developing and deploying GM's global supplier e-commerce strategy, including its recently unveiled Web-based SupplyPower program (www.gmsupplypower.com). Com-merce One (www.commerceone. com), the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based supplier of business-to-business electronic procurement systems, is GM's technology partner in that project.
Pollard joined GM in 1987 as a senior buyer for Saturn Corp. He was most recently director of purchasing for machinery, equipment and indirect materials for GM North America.
Also on Feb. 23 at the e-briefing, William Lloyd of Delphi Automotive Systems will participate in a five-person panel to discuss new e-business models and strategies, and particularly, online procurement. Lloyd, director of Delphi's global purchasing, has overseen Delphi's online transactions via auction services offered by such firms as Pittsburgh's FreeMarkets Inc.
The conference begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 with keynote addresses by Keith Goodwin, vice president of Americas operations for Cisco Systems Inc., and by Forrester Research Inc. analyst Steven Kafka.
The cost to register is $349 a person.
For further details, visit www.plasticsnews.com and click on 'e-briefing,' or contact Nancy Parks at (330) 865-6134 or [email protected]