DETROIT -- Bob Young, Toyota's vice president of purchasing in North America; Emilio Esparza, regional purchasing director for Valeo North America; and Rob Deni, vice president of global supply management at BorgWarner Inc.'s Drivetrain Group, will be speakers at the 2012 Automotive News World Congress.
They will be part of a supplier relations symposium, "Purchasing: Innovation, Technology and Collaboration," to be held Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 11.
Young, who joined Toyota in 1995, oversees procurement of all vehicle parts and materials for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America in Erlanger, Ky. He worked his way up through the Toyota purchasing operations, including a stint as manager of construction, machinery and equipment.
Esparza joined Valeo in 2010 from Bombardier Inc. He began his career as a supplier quality engineer at General Motors in Mexico City.
Deni also began his automotive career at GM where he spent 20 years progressing through a variety of purchasing and logistics assignments, including executive director of purchasing with global responsibility for the chassis group. Before joining BorgWarner, Deni worked for Dura Automotive Systems and MD Helicopters Inc.
As announced, other symposium speakers include Dan Knott, senior vice president of purchasing and supplier quality at Chrysler Group, and Rebecca Vest, who oversees Nissan's purchasing activities for manufacturing in the United States and Mexico.
The theme of the 2012 Automotive News World Congress is "Revived and Remodeled: The Path to Global Growth." The event will be held Jan. 10-12 at the Marriott hotel in the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.