David Schoch, head of Ford's China operations, and Jim Press, the former Toyota and Chrysler executive now building a retail network in China for a U.S. dealership group, will speak at the Automotive News China Conference in Beijing on April 24 and 25.
Schoch is leading Ford's big push to catch up with other Western automakers in China. The company recently opened its fourth assembly plant in the country, to build the Ford Focus. The $490 million plant in Chongqing can build 150,000 vehicles annually, increasing Ford's capacity in China to more than 600,000 a year.
Press joined U.S. dealership group McLarty Automotive Partners last year as president of the firm's international operations. He is overseeing dealerships that McLarty operates in China, Mexico and Brazil.
Press spent 37 years at Toyota, rising to the top job at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. and leading the company through years of growth in the 2000s.
He was elected Toyota Motor Corp.'s first non-Japanese board member in June 2007.
He left Toyota in 2007 to join Chrysler, where he was vice chairman, co-president and later deputy CEO until late 2009.
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.