Name: Gregory Mekjian
Title: Vice president
Company: SAP Inc.
Thesis: Information technology can create a competitive advantage for a company.
Quote: 'It's only going to get better, and it's only going to get easier to use.'
Name: Robert Birch
Title: Vice president of purchasing and logistics
Company: Mercedes-Benz US International
Thesis: M-class production has introduced new concepts to the German parent organization.
Quote: 'The learning has been in both directions.'
Name: Joseph Magliochetti
Company: Dana Corp.
Thesis: Early OEM-supplier collaboration can make more efficient use of factory investments.
Quote: 'We simply can't continue to add capacity to serve every market niche around the world.'
Name: Dennis Pawley
Title: Executive vice president of manufacturing
Company: Chrysler Corp.
Thesis: The auto industry's rate of change and innovation is accelerating.
Quote: 'It's continuous improvement almost every hour of the day.'
Name: Thomas LaSorda
Title: Executive-in-charge of NAO competitive manufacturing
Company: General Motors
Thesis: GM is developing common manufacturing processes worldwide.
Quote: 'Our journey to be lean, fast and flexible will never be over.'