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

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NEW YORK--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.

“Automotive Advertising: Leveraging the Internet as an 'Influencing Medium'”

Lentz, president and chief operating officer 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 Stefan Jacoby, president and chief executive 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 chief executive officer 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 AM     Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Ed Tonkin, chairman, NADA

8:15 AM

The Transformation of the U.S. Economy and the Auto Industry –
The Big Picture
- Nariman Behravesh, chief economist, IHS
- George Magliano, director of automotive research, IHS Global Insight

9:30 AM

Forum Keynote:
Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler Group LLC

10:05 AM

Networking Break

10:25 AM

Preview of the New York International Auto Show
Brian Miller, chairman, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association

10:40 AM

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

12:00 PM

Hosted by
Chip Perry, president and CEO,, will present “Automotive Advertising: Leveraging the Internet as an 'Influencing Medium'”

1:15 PM

Supplier Featured Speaker:
James Kamsickas, president and CEO, International Automotive Components

1:35 PM

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 PM

Generational Presentation
John Wolkonowicz, associate director, North American Automotive Research, IHS Global Insight

3:00 PM

Retail Featured Speaker:
Earl Hesterberg, CEO, Group 1 Automotive

3:25 PM

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, NADA

4:15 PM

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, Industry, 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, Wall Street Journal

4:55 PM

Closing Comments

5:00 PM

Forum Concludes

Additional information and participant registration (for non-journalists) is available at

About IHS Global Insight

IHS Global Insight (, an IHS company, provides the most comprehensive economic and financial information available on countries, regions and industries, using a unique combination of expertise, models, data and software within a common analytical framework to support planning and decision-making. Through the world's first same-day analysis and risk assessment service, IHS Global Insight provides immediate insightful analysis of market conditions and key events around the world, covering economic, political, and operational factors. IHS is a leading global source of critical information and insight, dedicated to providing the most complete and trusted information and expertise. IHS product and service solutions span four areas of information that encompass the most important concerns facing global business today: Energy, Product Lifecycle, Security, and Environment supported by Macroeconomics. IHS has been in business since 1959 and employs about 4,100 people in 28 countries.

About National Automobile Dealers Association

NADA, founded in 1917 and based in McLean, Va., represents nearly 17,000 new-car and -truck dealers operating about 37,500 separate franchises, both domestic and international. Today more than 91 percent of U.S. dealerships are NADA members. U.S. new-car and -truck dealers employ about 1 million people. NADA represents dealers on Capitol Hill, in the media and public. NADA provides dealers with guidance on legal and regulatory matters; develops data on the auto industry; operates extensive training programs to improve dealership business operations and keeps members informed about news and events that affect their businesses. For more information, visit

About the New York International Auto Show

Ushering in the latest motor trends, the 2010 New York International Auto Show will unveil an expansive collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and futuristic concept cars. More than 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display. NYIAS is North America’s first and largest-attended auto show. The first exhibition was held in 1900 at Madison Square Garden. Today, the Show represents the nation’s largest new vehicle market, accounting for over 840,000 new vehicle registrations in 2008. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

Important Show Dates

Press Preview March 31 and April 1
Public Sneak Preview April 2
Public Show Dates April 2 - 11