Several high-ranking executives will speak at the year's biggest auto industry e-Business summit - the Automotive News Europe e-Business Conference.
Industry leaders will share their visions of the future on the web at the three-day event in Strasbourg, France. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29 to Friday, December 1 at the Hilton Hotel in Strasbourg.
The event will focus on the industry's increasing reliance on web connectivity - both in its relations with suppliers and customers. A key aim of the Strasbourg conference is to help components makers understand how the supply chain will be managed on the web.
The conference will begin on November 29 with a tour of the innovative Daimler-Chrysler Smart car factory in nearby Hambach, France. Smart car Chief Executive Andreas Renschler will address the delegates on that day at the Smart plant.
Among the speakers for the conference are executives with the ultimate responsibility for e-Business in their companies.
Eckhard Cordes, member of the board of management, DaimlerChrysler, will be a keynote speaker following a gala dinner on the night of Thursday, November 30.
Among the other speakers are several executives who are leading the push into e-Business at their companies. They include:
David Thursfield, president, Ford of Europe
Jens Neumann, member of the board of management, Volkswagen AG
Jean-Baptiste Duzan, head of purchasing, Renault
Andre Navarri, chairman and CEO, Valeo
Michael Bergman, Director, eGM Europe
Richard Radecki, corporate director for e-Business, Delphi Automotive Systems.
Co-sponsors of the event are Deloitte & Touche and Deloitte Consulting, Price-waterhouseCoopers and Firepond.
On Thursday morning, November 30, a panel discussion will be held covering the auto industry's effort to reduce order-to-delivery times through web connectivity. Among the panelists will be Rainer Feurer, who is leading the build-to-order effort at BMW.
For full details on the Automotive News Europe e-Business Conference, see Page 19.