DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and General Motors product czar Mark Reuss -- two industry leaders who've helped drive enormous change at their companies -- will head the speaker lineup at the Automotive News World Congress here in January.
Ford will speak Jan. 10. Reuss will deliver his address Jan. 11.
Since 1999, Ford has been chairman of the company his great-grandfather founded. He was CEO during a tumultuous time from October 2001 until September 2006, when he recruited Alan Mulally as chief executive -- a masterstroke that may have saved the company.
Reuss, an engineer by training and legendary gearhead, not only leads product design and development at GM but oversees the company's global purchasing operation and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
From 2009 to 2013, Reuss was president of General Motors North America as GM was re-establishing itself after bankruptcy.
He previously ran global engineering and spent nearly two years leading a major turnaround at GM Holden, the automaker's operations in Australia and New Zealand.