THE HAGUE - The chairman of Hyundai Motor Corp. and the top product development executive at Volkswagen AG will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress here next month.
Chung Mong-Gyu, chairman of Hyundai Motor since January, 1996, will speak on 23 June. He succeeded his father, Chung Se-Yung, in the post.
Martin Winterkorn, VW management board member for technical development since December 1995, will also address the congress on 23 June.
Chung and Winterkorn will join a long list of industry speakers, including keynoters Paolo Cantarella, managing director of Fiat SpA, and Louis Schweitzer, president of Renault SA.
The congress will be held at the Netherlands Congress Centre in The Hague on 22-23 June. About 500 industry executives are expected to attend.
The congress begins on Monday afternoon, 22 June with a panel of product engineering executives from carmakers and suppliers.
Schweitzer, who has been president of Renault since 1992, will speak at a gala dinner on 22 June. Noel Goutard, president of Valeo SA, Europe's second largest supplier, will be a keynoter on the same evening.
A second gala dinner is planned for Tuesday, 23 June. Cantarella, who became chief executive of Fiat Group in 1995 after five years as head of Fiat Auto, will be one keynote speaker. The second keynoter that evening will be Klaus Bleyer, chairman of ZF Friedrichshafen, Europe's largest independent supplier of transmissions.
A full day of speakers is planned for Tuesday, 23 June, including Chung and Winterkorn.
Other Tuesday speakers include:
David Herman, chairman, Adam Opel AG
Dieter Zetsche, head of sales and marketing, Daimler-Benz AG
Frederic Saint-Geours, managing director, Automobiles Peugeot
Charles Szuluk, president, Visteon
Juan Jose Diaz Ruiz, executive vice president, Toyota Motor Europe
Steve Young, vice president, AT Kearney.
The Monday panel discussion will focus on product development in Europe, with special emphasis on tightening relations between automakers and top-level suppliers.
AT Kearney, the management consultancy, is a partner in the Automotive News Europe Congress.
Cost to attend the event is £530 before 15 May and £575 afterwards.