THE HAGUE - The second Automotive News Europe Congress next month in The Hague will offer a close-up look at a changing global auto industry.
Eight automaker and supplier company chief executives will speak on 22-23 June at The Netherlands Congress Center.
Two gala dinners are planned. On Monday evening, 22 June, Renault President Louis Schweitzer and Noel Goutard, chairman of Valeo SA, Europe's second-largest independent supplier, will speak.
Tuesday night keynote speakers will be Fiat SpA Chief Executive Paolo Cantarella, and Klaus Bleyer, chairman of ZF Friedrichshafen, Europe's largest independent supplier of transmissions.
On Tuesday, 23 June, the lineup of daytime speakers includes several executives at the center of action in the world auto industry:
Dieter Zetsche, Daimler-Benz sales and marketing chief, has led the effort to extend the Mercedes-Benz brand into new market segments.
Chung Mong-Gyu, chairman, Hyundai Motor Corp., is guiding his company through the economic crisis in Korea.
David Herman, chairman of Adam Opel since 1992, has launched the new Astra in Europe's toughest segment, and is preparing to head General Motors' new operations in Russia.
Martin Winterkorn, head of product development at Volkswagen AG, is overseeing the biggest outpouring of new product in the company's history.
Frederic Saint-Geours, head of Automobiles Peugeot in PSA's new organization, is in charge of strategy, product development, sales, marketing and advertising.
Juan-Jose Diaz Ruiz, Toyota Motor Europe's new sales and marketing chief was recently hired away from Audi. He will lead Toyota's ambitious effort to push sales in Europe from 372,000 last year to 600,000 in 2000.
Charles Szuluk, president of Visteon, the world's second-largest supplier company, is transforming Ford's component businesses into a powerhouse.
Chris Bangle, director of design at BMW, leads a team that has created a new generation of BMW models.
The congress begins on Monday afternoon, 22 June, with a roundtable discussion on product development. Engineering executives from General Motors, Ford, Renault, Rover, Volvo, and VW's Skoda subsidiary will participate.
Representing supplier companies on the panel will be Daniel Dewavrin, chairman and chief executive officer of Bertrand Faure and ECIA.
AT Kearney, the management consultancy, is a partner in the event.