Wang Fengying, president of Great Wall Motor Co., China's largest maker of SUVs, will discuss overseas expansion and other topics as the closing speaker at the conference on April 25.
GM is the biggest automaker in the world's biggest market, and is fighting to protect its turf. Under Akerson's leadership, the company has taken critical steps to ensure its growth trajectory in China.
Shanghai GM, a joint venture between Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. and GM that produces Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles, last week received government approval to build an assembly plant in the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.
Before joining GM, Akerson was managing director of the Carlyle Group, an investment and buyout company, in Washington. The 63-year-old executive also has been head of MCI Communications Corp., Nextel Communications Inc., XO Communications and General Instrument Corp.
Great Wall is targeting sales of 600,000 vehicles this year, up more than 23 percent from 2011. The company also hopes to export 100,000 vehicles this year, up nearly 18 percent from 2011.
Wang, 44, who has handled Great Wall's day-to-day operations since 2003, is an economist by training. A native of Baoding, she graduated from Tianjin University and earned a master's degree in industrial business at Hebei University in 1999. That same year she started work at Great Wall and soon was heading both the sales department and the commercial vehicle division.
The theme of the conference is "The Next Phase: Keys to Success in China." The event, which will coincide with the Beijing auto show, will feature high-ranking executives from several automakers and suppliers in China.