Leaders of the European auto industry will meet at the sixth annual Automotive News Europe Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25.
Several CEOs of automotive groups, key operating divisions and supplier companies will speak in Gothenburg. In addition, two roundtable panel discussions are planned. One will focus on how the industry will deal with changes in Europe's car retailing laws - the new block exemption. The other panel will cover how common purchasing by automakers is affecting suppliers.
Among members of the discussion panels are:
For New Rules in Car Retailing: What Are the Changes and What Do They Mean?
* Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing, Mercedes-Benz
* Uhland Burkart, executive director sales, marketing & customer care, Adam Opel
* Bernard Peloux, deputy director European sales, Citroen
* Hans Gerhard Seeba, head of sales channel strategy, Volkswagen
* Fritz Hinterberger, management board, Porsche Bank AG.
For The New Purchasing Joint Ventures: How Well Are They Working?
* Jose Maria Alapont, president, Delphi Europe
* Steve Armstrong, vice president purchasing, Volvo Car Corp.
* Anders Svensson, executive director, GM-Fiat worldwide purchasing Sweden AB
* Paul Besancon, executive secretary of Renault-Nissan purchasing organization, Renault
* Pierre Levi, chairman and CEO, Faurecia
* Douglas DelGrosso, executive vice president, Lear Corporation.
On this page we present several key speakers at this year's Congress.
Jean-Martin Folz, chairman, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen
PSA has been one of the world's most successful automakers during the five years Folz has been the boss. The company's market share in Europe and its earnings have risen steadily. Folz was once accused of being out of touch because he aimed to keep PSA independent. But he has outlasted most of his critics.
Folz also serves this year as the president of ACEA, the European carmakers' association - and is the industry's lead spokesman in the block exemption debate.
Carl-Peter Forster, chairman & managing director, Adam Opel
Forster has been one of Europe's most talked-about executives since taking over at Opel 15 months ago. The former BMW manufacturing boss shaped Opel's aggressive Project Olympia recovery strategy and is now pushing it through.
Thierry Dombreval, senior VP, sales & marketing, Toyota Motor Europe
Toyota recently recruited Dombreval from Renault, where he was head of sales and marketing. He will lead Toyota's efforts to meet an ambitious European sales target - and thus become profitable in Europe.
Martin Leach, president, Ford of Europe
Until recently, Leach was head of product development at Ford of Europe. He has played a key role in Ford's European turnaround, changing new model plans dramatically after arriving from the top product development job at Mazda in 1999. Leach will now run day-do-to-day operations in Europe.
Giancarlo Boschetti, CEO, Fiat Auto SpA
The new head of Fiat Auto has just outlined sweeping changes at the struggling automaker. Boschetti plans to dramatically slash spending on new products, marketing and manufacturing. He was named to the crucial job after several years running Fiat's successful Iveco commercial vehicles unit.
Norbert Reithofer, BMW management board member for production
BMW's manufacturing chief once led the company's critical plant operations in North America. He is now busy preparing to fit models such as the future 1 series into BMW's highly flexible plant network.
Leif Johansson, president and CEO, AB Volvo
Johansson oversees Volvo's commercial truck operations. He is the man who sold Volvo Car to Ford in 1998 - and now co-manages the brand with his former car division colleagues.
Peter Augustsson, president and chairman, Saab Automobile
The former Volvo executive is in charge of turning General Motors' Swedish unit into a major luxury-car force. To increase sales volume, Augustsson is leading a major effort to modernize Saab's worldwide dealer
Lars Westerberg, president and CEO, Autoliv
The head of the world's largest supplier of airbag systems and seat belts has a unique view among Tier 1s. His business is split nicely between North America and Europe.
Hans-Olov Olsson, president, Volvo Car Corp.
Olsson is leading a major transformation of Ford's Swedish brand - the largest of the Premier Automotive Group units. Under Olsson, Volvo has a new manufacturing strategy and is extending its model lineup.