FIAT GROUP Chief Executive Paolo Cantarella will be a keynote speaker on the first night of the Automotive News Europe Congress 22 June.
Cantarella led Fiat Auto's resurgence from 1990 to 1995, when he became president of Fiat SpA. The Punto supermini, introduced in 1993, displaced the Volkswagen Golf last year as the best-selling car in Europe. In 1995, the lower-medium Bravo/Brava revolutionized Fiat's product development methods.
Cantarella joined Fiat's component group in 1977 and in 1980 he became assistant to Cesare Romiti, who is now Fiat's chairman. Cantarella has run Fiat's robot subsidiary Comau and Fiat Auto's purchasing operations.
He will speak after Monday's gala dinner at The Hague. The Congress begins earlier that day with a panel of engineering executives from carmakers and suppliers discussing product development trends.
A second gala dinner will conclude the event after a full program of speakers on Tuesday, 23 June.
About 500 industry executives are expected. Last year's Automotive News Europe Congress was a sell-out.
Registration details and a full agenda will be available in early February.
AT Kearney, the management consultancy, is a partner in the event. Network Events Ltd. will handle logistics.
To receive details on registration when they become available, call Network Events at (44) 1705-631-331 or fax your name and address to (44) 1705-631-797.