A key supplier, an e-commerce leader, an r&d chief and a Wall Street analyst will peer into their crystal balls at the Automotive News New American Manufacturing Conference next month in Nashville, Tenn.
'The next 48 months - looking ahead' will be the theme of an April 10 panel discussion. The speakers are:
James Orchard, CEO of ZF Group North American Operations, is also a board member of the transmission maker's parent company in Germany. He spent the first part of his career at Dana Corp.
Cherri Musser, General Motors' chief information officer for e-GM, the automaker's e-commerce unit, and process information officer of Supply Chain. Before joining GM in 1996, Musser spent 20 years with Texas Instruments.
Hirohide Ikeno, president of Honda R&D Americas Inc., is a 30-year Honda veteran and the former director of Honda's r&d operations in Japan. He took his current job last year.
Scott Merlis, managing director of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in New York, has been an auto industry analyst for 20 years. As a leader of Morgan Stanley's global automotive research team, he played a key role in more than $9 billion of investment banking transactions to auto companies.
Lisa Caldwell, automotive principal at Deloitte Consulting, leads Deloitte's Manufacturing E-Business Practice and is the consulting lead for GM's order-to-delivery program.
The April 9-11 conference will be co-sponsored by Deloitte Consulting, a unit of Deloitte & Touche LLP; the state of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee.
Other speakers include Dennis Pawley, former manufacturing chief for Chrysler Corp.; John Lampe, CEO of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.; Cynthia Trudell, chairman of Saturn Corp.; Don Walker, CEO of Magna Interiors Inc.; Ken Kraefle, general manager of quality control and quality engineering at Toyota Manufacturing Kentucky Inc.; and Jim Carleton, director of DaimlerChrysler's e-Extended Enterprise.