Toyota's Lentz, Ford's Farley Added to Automaker Panel at NADA/IHS Global Insight Automotive Forum 2010



NEW YORK (March 1, 2010) - Toyota's James Lentz and Ford's Jim Farley have been added to an expert panel of top automaker executives who will offer their insight and perspectives on the auto industry at the NADA/IHS Global Insight Automotive Forum 2010 on March 30 in New York. The forum is hosted by the New York International Auto Show.

Lentz, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and Farley, group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations for Ford Motor Co., will join a panel which includes Mark Barnes, chief operating officer of Volkswagen Group of America; John Mendel, executive vice president of automotive sales for American Honda Motor Co.; and Jim O'Donnell, president of BMW of North America. Mike Jackson, chairman and CEO of AutoNation, will moderate the Manufacturers Perspective panel.

The day-long event features discussions on the Transformation of the U.S. Economy and the Auto Industry and brings together industry thought leaders to evaluate how recent events will impact automotive stakeholders in the coming decade. The forum offers a mixture of presentations and panels to explore in depth how the events of the past will influence the future from an automaker, supplier, retail and media perspective.

Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, widely heralded as a turn-around artist for returning Fiat to financial health earlier in the decade, will kick off the forum at the Marriott Marquis Hotel with a keynote address at 9:30 a.m. Fiat joined forces with Chrysler last year.

James Kamsickas, president and chief executive officer of International Automotive Components (IAC) North America and Asia, a multi-billion dollar supplier to the automotive industry, will be the keynote speaker on issues affecting the supplier industry. Neil DeKoker, president and chief executive officer of OESA, will moderate a Supplier Perspectives panel featuring Laurie Harbour, president of Harbour Results, Inc., and John Weber, president and chief executive officer of Remy International.

John Casesa, managing partner of Casesa Shapiro Group, will moderate the Retailer Perspective panel discussion, which will include NADA Chairman Ed Tonkin, a multi-franchise dealer from Portland, Ore. Tonkin will also deliver opening remarks.

Among the other speakers for the forum are Chip Perry, chief executive officer of; Earl Hesterberg, chief executive officer of Group 1 Automotive; and Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS. Alex Taylor, senior editor of Fortune, will moderate a media panel discussion.

Additional sponsors include Google, and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM).

The agenda as of March 1 follows:

  • 7:15 a.m. -- Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. -- Opening Remarks by Ed Tonkin, chairman, NADA
  • 8:15 a.m. -- The Transformation of the U.S. Economy and the Auto Industry
    - Nariman Behravesh, chief economist, IHS
    - George Magliano, director of automotive research, IHS Global Insight
  • 9:30 a.m. --  Forum Keynote: Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group LLC
  • 10:05 a.m. -- Networking Break
  • 10:25 a.m. -- Preview of the New York International Auto Show with Brian Miller, chairman, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association10:40 a.m. -- Panel Discussion - Manufacturer Perspective
    Moderator: Mike Jackson, chairman and CEO, AutoNation
    - Jim Farley, group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations, Ford Motor Company.
    - Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America
    - James Lentz, president and COO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
    - John Mendel, executive vice president, automotive sales, American Honda Motor Co.
    - Jim O'Donnell, president of BMW of North America
  • 12 p.m. -- Lunch
    Hosted by's Chip Perry, president and CEO, who will present "Automotive Advertising: Leveraging the Internet as an 'Influencing Medium'"
  • 1:15 p.m. -- Supplier Featured Speaker: James Kamsickas, president and CEO, International Automotive Components
  • 1:35 p.m. -- Panel Discussion - Supplier Perspective
    Moderator: Neil De Koker, president and CEO, OESA
    - Laurie A. Harbour, president, Harbour Results Inc.
    - John Weber, president and CEO, Remy International
  • 2:35 p.m. -- Generational Presentation
    John Wolkonowicz, associate director, North American Automotive Research, IHS Global Insight
  • 3:00 p.m. -- Retail Featured Speaker: Earl Hesterberg, CEO, Group 1 Automotive
  • 3:25 p.m. -- Panel Discussion - Retailer Perspective
    Moderator: John Casesa, managing partner, Casesa Shapiro Group LLC
    - Earl Hesterberg, CEO, Group 1 Automotive
    - Michelle Morris, automotive industry director, Google
    - Susan Scarola, CEO and president, DCH Auto Group
    - Ed Tonkin, chairman, NADA4:15 p.m. -- Media Panel Discussion: The panel will provide a summary of the forum and examine the future of automakers, suppliers and dealers from a media perspective. Moderator: Alex Taylor, senior editor, Fortune
    - Paul Ingrassia, Pulitzer Prize Winner / Automotive Writer
    - John McElroy, auto journalist and host of Autoline Daily
    - Jason Stein, editor, Automotive News
    - Joe White, senior editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • 4:55 p.m. -- Closing Comments
  • 5:00 p.m. -- Forum Concludes

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