Harry Wilson, the activist investor who this year prodded General Motors to buy back $5 billion in stock, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Wilson, a former member of the U.S. task force that restructured GM and Chrysler, sought a seat on GM's board in February and called for an $8 billion stock buyback, saying that GM was lagging in creating shareholder value.
GM in March said it would buy back $5 billion in shares by the end of 2016, and Wilson dropped his request for a board seat. At the time, Wilson was representing four private equity firms that owned about 2 percent of GM shares.
Wilson is chairman and CEO of MAEVA Group, a White Plains, N.Y., boutique investment and corporate restructuring firm he founded in 2011.
He spent his early career at several financial firms, including the Blackstone Group private-equity firm and the credit investment fund Silver Point Capital, where he was a partner.
In 2009, Wilson was a senior adviser in the U.S. Treasury Department and was one of the four leaders of the auto task force. He led a team running the business and financial work of the task force, as well as one overseeing the financial and operational restructuring of GM.
Wilson ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for New York state comptroller in 2010.
Wilson is a director of Visteon Corp. and Sotheby's. He has a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.