DETROIT - Michael Johnston, Visteon Corp.'s new president and COO, and Robert Lutz, CEO of Exide Corp., will speak at the Automotive News World Congress in January.
Johnston, 51, heads the global operations of Visteon, the world's second-largest supplier. In 1999, Visteon had $19 billion in revenue.
In September, Johnston left Johnson Controls Inc., where he had been president of e-business. Before that, he was president of the company's North America and Asia-Pacific Automotive Systems groups. He started with Johnson Controls in 1989 as general manager of the automotive interiors and battery divisions.
Johnston will address the World Congress the morning of Jan. 17.
Lutz, 68, will speak the evening of Jan. 16. He became CEO of Exide Corp. in December 1998 with plans to fix a company entrenched in price wars, mired in debt and on its way to losing $130 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999.
He also serves as investor and adviser to Cunningham Motor Co., which plans to sell cars produced primarily by suppliers. The company is trying to attract up to $100 million from investors so it can launch an American-made supercar to compete with Ferrari and Aston Martin.
In 1963 Lutz began at General Motors Europe, where he held various senior positions until joining BMW in 1971 as vice president of sales.
In 1974 he became general manager of Ford Motor Co.'s Germany operations and in 1979 he was named chairman of Ford of Europe.
He started at Chrysler Corp. in 1986 and left as vice chairman in 1998. During his 12-year tenure, he was a prime mover in the company's product renaissance. He helped bring to market such stylish vehicles as the Dodge Viper and Intrepid and the Plymouth Prowler.