Two leaders of the North American manufacturing world will be the opening night keynote speakers April 9 at the Automotive News New American Manufacturing Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Dennis Pawley was most recently CEO of automotive supplier Guide Corp. He was also Chrysler Corp.'s manufacturing chief during the 1990s. And he has led U.S. plants for Mazda and General Motors. Pawley has just created the Lean Learning Center in Novi, Mich., where he plans to teach auto suppliers how to thrive in a competitive world.
Don Walker has been CEO of Magna International Inc. since 1994. Magna, North America's sixth-largest supplier, has 39 plants in the United States and 57 in its home country of Canada. Before joining Magna, Walker held manufacturing and engineering posts with General Motors Canada.
The conference, scheduled for April 9-11, is in its fourth year. It focuses on new approaches to auto manufacturing that have taken root in the United States, primarily in the South.
The event will be co-sponsored by the Deloitte Consulting unit of Deloitte & Touche LLP, the state of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee.