TOKYO - Some of the world's top automotive executives will headline the 2001 Nikkei Business Tokyo International Automotive Conference Oct. 22-23 in Tokyo. The event will be organized in association with the Automotive News Group and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper.
Speakers will include:
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors.
Hiroyuki Yoshino, CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
Fujio Cho, president of Toyota Motor Corp.
Rolf Eckrodt, COO of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Hiromu Okabe, CEO of Denso Corp.
J.T. Battenberg III, CEO of Delphi Automotive Systems Corp.
Karl-Erling Trogen, senior vice president of AB Volvo.
In addition, Ford Motor Co. CEO Jacques Nasser has tentatively agreed to speak.
The conference theme is 'Globalization and Localization in the 21st Century.'
Nikkei Business is a Japanese business magazine. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association are supporters. About 25 companies have signed on as sponsors.
Organizers say the event will be Japan's first large-scale conference giving Japanese and international industry leaders the opportunity to interact.
The conference will be in the Shin-Takanawa Prince Hotel, Shinagawa, Tokyo. It will be before the Tokyo Motor Show, which runs from Oct. 27 through Nov. 7.
On Oct. 22, six sessions will take place from 1: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Topics will be e-business, telematics, eco-friendly engines, recycling, supplier trends and global brand management. Ghosn will give the evening's keynote speech during a reception from 5: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cho, Wagoner and Yoshino will speak Oct. 23. Other speakers' schedules are being finalized.
Speaker presentations will be moderated by Keith Crain, Automotive News publisher and editorial director; Peter Brown, Automotive News associate publisher and executive editor; Maryann Keller, automotive analyst and former chief of priceline.com's automotive division; and Shoichiro Irimajiri, chief strategist for Fleishman-Hillard.