Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, the architect of the automaker's swift and successful turnaround, will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
The World Congress will be held Jan. 15-17 under the theme "Driving Change: Global Uncertainties/Local Opportunities."
Mulally will speak on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 15, which is the second and final media preview day at the North American International Auto Show.
Since coming to Ford from Boeing Co. in 2006, Mulally has transformed the automaker, nurturing and pushing a vision for developing products under the umbrella of "One Ford."
The World Congress will be at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, just a few blocks from Cobo Center, which hosts the Detroit show.
The World Congress format includes two days of presentations and more than 20 speakers.
There will be two dinners complete with before-dinner networking opportunities and after-dinner speakers to round out each day.
The World Congress will conclude with the opportunity to tour the auto show before it opens to the public.