Vladimir Kadannikov, chairman of Russia's biggest carmaker AvtoVAZ, has joined the lineup of senior auto executives who will speak at this year's Automotive News Europe Congress.
Kadannikov played a key role in brokering the deal with General Motors President Rick Wagoner to build the Chevy Niva off-roader in Russia. Production of the Niva begins in Togliatti, about 1,000km southeast of Moscow, in September. The deal will likely pave the way for further cooperation between AvtoVAZ and GM.
AvtoVAZ already makes Zhigulis, Samaras, Ladas and other models at a rate of up to 700,000 a year.
Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing for Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart cars and a Daimler-Chrysler board member, will also speak at the Congress June 23 to 25 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Other top executives at the Congress include Giancarlo Boschetti, the new CEO of Fiat Auto; Opel Chairman Carl-Peter Forster; Martin Leach, Ford of Europe's new president; and Hans-Olov Olsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corp.
Jean-Martin Folz, chairman of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, will deliver the Congress' keynote address on the morning of Monday, June 24.
There's only a week to go before the start of the Congress - but it's not too late to register. For more information, see Page 38.
Automotive News Europe Congress
Starts: Morning, June 24
Ends: Afternoon, June 25
Where: Swedish Exhibition and Congress Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
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