Top executives of some of the world's most successful automakers and suppliers will take part in the third annual Automotive News New American Manufacturing Conference on May 16-18 in Birmingham, Ala.
The three-day gathering will explore the growing importance of automotive operations in the South. More than 500 automotive executives, experts, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers from around the world are expected to attend.
Confirmed speakers include Teruyuki Minoura, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc.; Tom Purves, CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp.; Ray Pollard, director of global strategies alliances for GM TradeXchange; Gary Valade, executive vice president of global procurement and supply at DaimlerChrysler; Gary Henson, executive vice president for manufacturing, DaimlerChrysler; and Daron Gifford, global automotive practice leader for Deloitte Consulting.
On the afternoon of May 17, a panel of industry leaders will discuss 'E-Commerce and the Millennium Challenge to the Supply Chain.'
The panel will feature Paul Hebeler, automotive industry director for Oracle Corp.; Bill Taylor, CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.; Tom Kerr, manager of Visteon Automotive Systems' e-business and information technology activity; Keith Lawrence, vice president of purchasing for Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc.; and Greg Robey, managing director of e-business development at Federal Express Corp.