Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2010 Automotive News World Congress.
Marchionne, also CEO of the Italian automaker Fiat, will speak after dinner Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Detroit.
Marchionne, a lawyer and accountant, became CEO of Chrysler after the automaker emerged from bankruptcy June 10 and Fiat Group took a 20 percent stake in Chrysler.
After taking control, Marchionne's team of Fiat and Chrysler executives spent five months forging a five-year business plan to make Chrysler profitable and pay back government loans. That plan was unveiled Nov. 4 in Auburn Hills.
Marchionne, who was born in Italy, moved to Canada with his family as a teenager. He worked on both sides of the Atlantic as an accountant and financial executive before tackling motor vehicles.
He has been a member of the Fiat S.p.A. board since 2003. In June 2004 he was appointed CEO. Marchionne became CEO of Fiat Group Automobiles in February 2005 and led the automaker's restructuring and eventual return to profitability in 2006.
The theme of the Automotive News World Congress is "Navigating the New Automotive Epoch." The congress will be Jan. 12-14 in Detroit during media week of the North American International Auto Show.