Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story displayed the wrong photo for JCI’s Brian Kesseler. The photo has been corrected.
Collaboration is the new benchmark in the supplier-automaker relationship.
But which companies are the best collaborators, and how is their cooperation helping to shape the auto industry's comeback?
A panel of experts will talk about supplier-automaker collaboration in a roundtable discussion at the Automotive News World Congress in January in Detroit.
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Motor Co.'s new head of global purchasing; James Verrier, CEO of BorgWarner; and Brian Kesseler, president of Power Solutions at Johnson Controls, will take part in the panel.
Thai-Tang was appointed group vice president of Ford's global purchasing on Aug. 1. He is responsible for more than $90 billion in annual spending around the world.
He previously was vice president of engineering and global product development, directing global engineering activity for Ford and Lincoln cars and light trucks.
Verrier was named president and CEO in January. Before that, he had been president and COO since March 2012. He joined the company in 1989.
Kesseler heads all operating businesses, technology initiatives and strategy development of Johnson Controls' Power Solutions business. Previously, he was COO of the Power Solutions business.
The supplier panel discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Dinner keynote speakers at the congress are General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and Mark Fields, COO of Ford.
IBM and PwC are exclusive lead sponsors.