For automotive professionals looking to stay ahead of the curve in a transforming industry, the FT Future of the Car Summit in London is the place to be on 10 May 2017. Breakthroughs in powertrains, connectivity and automation must be balanced against shifting demand patterns, cyber-threats and political risk. This engaging event will address the key issues in a full day of presentations and panels with speakers from across the industry.
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James “Jim” D. Farley, Jr. is Executive Vice president and President, Europe Middle East and Africa at Ford Motor Company. He is leading and accelerating Ford’s business transformation in Europe, executing the One Ford plan to achieve profitable growth through an unprecedented focus on new products, a strong brand and increased cost efficiency.
Previously, Mr Farley served as executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service. In this role he led the company’s drive to connect more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research. He also was instrumental in leading the ongoing transformation of Lincoln, setting it on a path for growth as a world-class luxury brand and customer experience. He was appointed to lead global marketing, sales and service in August 2010, and it marked the first time Ford had a single global leader for marketing, sales and service. He also held operating responsibility as the senior global leader for Lincoln from December 2012 to August 2014.
Prior to that, Mr Farley was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009.
Mr Farley joined Ford in 2007. Since joining the company, he has led Ford’s drive to connect even more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development, advanced product strategy and research. In addition to his global marketing role, he led the company’s global sales and service operations.
Mr Farley’s achievements at Ford include improving overall operational fitness of the company’s marketing and sales operations, his work to globally align the brand and integration of the global marketing and sales team. In addition, he was instrumental in positioning Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America for continued future growth, and leading the reinvention of the Lincoln brand, which included the launch of the all-new Lincoln MKC and Lincoln’s introduction in China.
Before joining Ford, Mr Farley was Group Vice President and General Manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota’s luxury brand. Before leading Lexus, Mr Farley served as group vice president of Toyota Division marketing and was responsible for all Toyota Division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives and Internet activities. Mr Farley joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic planning department and served in several product and marketing positions in the United States and Europe. One of Farley’s most noted accomplishments is his responsibility for the successful launch and rollout of Toyota’s new Scion brand.
Mr Farley attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his MBA with a focus in finance.
Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Since becoming CEO, he has presided over the significant growth of the business in terms of product development, turnover and profit. Under his tenure, the company has launched its three-tier product family – Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series – and introduced a total of ten new cars or derivatives. 2015 marked the company’s third successive year of profitability.
Mr Flewitt has recently led the Management team and Board of Directors to the approval of Track22, the business plan that looks to the next six years of growth for McLaren Automotive. This will see the company double its turnover (based on 2014) whilst always remaining profitable, and more than doubling its sales volumes thanks, in part, to the introduction of 15 all-new cars or derivatives.
Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Mr Flewitt was Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company. Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited.
Mr Flewitt qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management at Salford University in 1996.
Dr Maarten Sierhuis is a recognized expert in the field of artificial intelligence. As Director of the Nissan Research Center, Silicon Valley, he leads efforts in the areas of autonomous driving and connected-vehicle systems.
Dr Sierhuis joined Nissan following a career in research and software engineering spanning 25 years, including time with NASA, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NYNEX Science & Technology and IBM Corporation.
Dr Sierhuis is a founder of start-up Ejenta, as well as a visiting professor and fellow with the Interactive Intelligence group at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has a BSc in Computer Science from The Hague University and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Science from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Dr Andreas Tostmann has been the SEAT Executive Vice-president for Production since December 2011. Dr Tostmann joined Volkswagen in 1990, in the Group Product Planning area. From 1994 he was responsible for the powertrain system planning area at Volkswagen Mexico. He assumed responsibility for technical project planning and powertrain system project management for the Volkswagen Group in 1995. In 1998, he became Production Manager at the Volkswagen factory in Salzgitter (Germany) and was promoted to Factory Director three years later. In 2004, he became Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa, holding this post until 2007 when he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Slovakia. In this function, Dr Tostmann also assumed responsibility for production. Dr Tostmann has a degree in Economics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Johann Jungwirth has been Chief Digital Officer at Volkswagen since November 2015. He is responsible for the digital transformation of the Volkswagen Group and reports directly to Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG. Mr Jungwirth transferred from Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), where he was Director of Mac Systems Engineering. He was responsible for innovation in design and engineering in product development as well as hiring, growing and leading a multicultural research and development team, and supporting the Special Projects Group.
In 2009, Mr Jungwirth was appointed as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America to head the Research and Development Center in Sunnyvale, CA (USA), with additional locations. From the centre in Silicon Valley, he and his team were responsible for all research and development units in the US market such as autonomous driving, powertrain and electric drive, technology and vehicle development, as well as business innovation and user interaction design. From 2008 to 2014, Mr Jungwirth was also Vice President for Connected Car, User Interaction and Telematics, responsible for all research, engineering and product development for infotainment and connected car solutions.
Mr Jungwirth was born in Romania in 1973. He holds a BA in electrical engineering from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. He participated in the International Motor Vehicle Program of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Wharton School of the University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA).
Wilko Andreas Stark has been Head of Daimler Strategy and MBC Product Strategy and planning since October 2013. Mr Stark studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with a Daimler AG scholarship. He then began his professional career in 1998 at the Boston Consulting Group, where he spent eight years mostly serving clients from the automotive industry. In 2007 he began working for Volkswagen AG as Head of the Product Strategy VW Group and VW Passenger Cars. After serving as Head of Products for a brand of the Volkswagen Group, he joined Daimler AG in 2012, initially managing Products & Modules Daimler Trucks.
Stefan Sielaff joined Bentley Motors in July 2015 from his previous role as Design Director at the Volkswagen Design Center, Potsdam.
Mr Sielaff first joined the Volkswagen Group in1990 as an interior designer for Audi in Ingolstadt. His career then took him to Barcelona where he became Head of Interior Design at the VW Group Design Center, Europe. Between 1997 and 2003, he returned to Audi where he held the position of Head of Interior Design.
After a brief spell with DaimlerChrysler, where he was Head of the Interior Design Competence Center, Mr Sielaff returned to Ingolstadt in 2006 to become Design Director at Audi, a position he held until 2012. It was here that he led a team of over 350 design experts with responsibility for exterior, interior and colour and trim design for the full Audi range, concept and show cars.
Alongside his current lead role at Bentley, Mr Sielaff is also Head of Group Interior Design Strategy at Volkswagen AG.
Mr Sielaff, was born in Munich and achieved a master’s degree in vehicle design at the world-renowned Royal College of Art, as well as studying at the famous London institute with an Audi scholarship.
Gilles Normand is the Senior Vice President for Electric Vehicles at Groupe Renault and a member of the Renault Management Committee. He started his career at Renault in 1988 in the product planning department before moving to sales and marketing division. In 1998, he was appointed Vice President, Commercial Coordination, for Renault Mercosur. In 1999, he joined Renault’s alliance partner Nissan in Japan to take charge of Sales and Marketing for Latin America and Caribbean. In 2003, he was appointed President of Nissan Motor Espana prior to becoming Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Middle East, Africa and Latin America in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed Corporate Vice President in charge of Africa, Middle East and India for Nissan, Infiniti and LCV business units, and in charge of Europe for Infiniti and LCV business units. In April 2012, he became Senior Vice President and Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region of Groupe Renault. He was appointed to his current position in January 2017.
Lance Bradley is Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, a position he has held since 2009. Lance joined Mitsubishi Motors in 2000 as General Manager of Sales Operations before being appointed Sales and Marketing Director. He graduated from Salford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, before joining Ford Motor Company’s graduate scheme in 1989. He held a wide variety of positions in Ford, in sales and after-sales, including being part of the team which launched Mondeo in Japan and SE Asia in the mid-nineties. In his first year as Managing Director at Mitsubishi Motors, the company launched the first pure electric vehicle from a mainstream manufacturer, the i-MiEV, which helped establish Mitsubishi as a pioneer in electric vehicle technology. This technology was subsequently used in the Outlander plug-in hybrid – the world’s first 4x4 plug-in hybrid SUV. Launched in the UK in 2014 it has gone on to sell over 10,000 units in less than 12 months, making it the all-time best-selling electric vehicle in the UK.
Alain Visser started his career in the automobile industry in 1986, where he worked his way up to various senior positions at Ford, including President and Managing Director, Ford Benelux. He is now Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales, Service and PR at Lynk & Co, which is owned by Geely.
Prior to joining Geely, Mr Visser served as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo. He also worked for General Motors in Rüsselsheim, Germany for eight years. His roles there included Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Opel/Vauxhall. He was also a Member of the Board of Adam Opel AG.
For the last two years, Mr Visser has been named in the top ten most influential CMOs in the world, by Forbes Magazine for his honest and forthright approach to making big changes within the automotive industry.
Born in Belgium, Mr Visser holds a Masters of Science from the University of Antwerp, as well as an MBA from Duke University in North Carolina. He speaks six languages, including Italian, English, French and German.
Ian Constance joined the Advanced Propulsion Centre as CEO in September 2015. Prior to this he worked with Ford Motor Company in Detroit where he was most recently Global Chief Engineer for Large Cars. In that position he led the product development activities for the Ford Mondeo/Fusion and Ford Taurus. The role involved all elements of the product engineering, design, manufacturing readiness and business case development with a very keen focus on future customer needs. Working on these product lines gave him wide experience of developing and integrating HEV, PHEV and high tech Gasoline and Diesel internal combustion engines into global platforms.
Mr Constance has held positions globally in the automotive industry with over 25 years’ experience. Prior to his time working in the United States, he spent six years at Ford’s Asia-Pacific HQ, first in Bangkok and then in Shanghai. During an unprecedented period of growth and change in that part of the world in the role of Director of Product Programs he was responsible for delivering many well-known Ford products into manufacturing plants, joint ventures and markets throughout the region.
Mr Constance’s early career included various leadership and manufacturing roles developing the Ford Focus in vehicle platform engineering and powertrain planning, as well as an assignment in production management. He has an engineering degree from Aston University, an MSc in Advanced Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University and is a chartered engineer.
Dr Stephan Appt advises national and international companies in the Automotive and IT Sectors (OEMs and suppliers) on matters related to data protection, information technology, commercial and intellectual property. He is a frequent speaker on connected and autonomous car legal issues, in particular with a view to data related matters as well as the opportunities and challenges that the introduction of connected autonomous cars will have on automotive manufacturers, suppliers and law makers.
Erik Fairbairn is a serial entrepreneur and engineer by training. Mr Fairbairn founded POD Point in 2009 in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He saw the potential of electric vehicles as the next major mode of transportation and set himself the goal of wiring up the UK with chargepoints to facilitate the switch to EV from internal combustion engines. Under Mr Fairbairn’s stewardship POD Point has become one of Europe’s leading providers of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) with a range of intelligent charging points for use at home, in workplaces and at frequently visited destinations. So far the firm has shipped over 20,000 points and boasts a publicly accessible network of 1,500 charging bays. Mr Fairbairn is a member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and was voted one of London’s 1000 most influential people in 2014 by the Evening Standard.
Sergey Zorin is Head of Transport System Security at Kaspersky Lab, based in Moscow.
He joined Kaspersky Lab in 2016 and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of technology projects related to transportation security systems.
Mr Zorin has extensive experience in the automotive and aerospace industry, working as the lead engineer at the Khrunichev Space Centre and work at the IRIDIUM project. During his time on the project, he added 21 communication satellites into the IRIDIUM low orbit constellation.
In 2006, Mr Zorin founded and became CEO of the High Performance Centre, an automotive engineering company.
Mr Zorin graduated from the Moscow Aviation Technology University in 1996, with a degree in Aircraft and Space Vehicles development, production and assembly engineering.
Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Motor Industry Correspondent, based in London but with a global remit. He leads the FT’s coverage of the industry, online and in print, and works with a team of local correspondents around the world to cover the major car makers, industry trends and technological breakthroughs. Prior to this, he covered technology and UK company news for the FT. Mr Campbell joined the FT in November 2015, after spending five years on the Daily Mail’s business team covering a host of areas including energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014 for reports on Huawei’s activities in China, Pfizer’s failed takeover of AstraZeneca and BT’s drive into mobile. Mr Campbell holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Like many parents with three small children, he drives a Ford S-Max. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1
Agenda - 10th May
8:30amRegistration and refreshments
Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford EMEA
9:40amPanel: Building on progress in alternative powertrains
- What are the prospects for battery technology in terms of sustainability and charge times?
- What is the true potential for electric vehicles in the low-entry market?
- What are the infrastructure challenges for electric vehicles and how can charging experiences be improved?
- What are the behavioural patterns for the charging of electric vehicles?
- What are the key challenges in developing supply chains for mass production of electric vehicles?
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe
Erik Fairbairn, CEO, POD Point
Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicles, Renault
Roberto Vavassori, President, CLEPA - European Association of Automotive Suppliers
Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
Mobility is about to be reinvented again. The automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Electrification, autonomous driving, shared mobility, and new competitors from the Tech-Valleys are changing the landscape of the automotive business. Hear how one company is taking advantage of this disruptive new world, changing itself to take the lead in transforming mobility.
Wilko Stark, Head of Strategy, Daimler
11:20amArtificial intelligence in a new automotive reality
Dr Maarten Sierhuis, Director, Nissan Research Center
12:10pmPanel: Breaking barriers in user experience
- How are human-machine interfaces evolving?
- What can be done to improve self-driving features and how they respond to worst case scenarios?
- How could driving tests evolve as enabling technologies become standard features?
- How can user experience data be fed back into research and development?
- Where are the revenue opportunities for subscription-based services in digital user experiences?
- What are the most exciting developments in connectivity?
- How are automotive cybersecurity threats evolving?
Stephan Appt, Partner, Pinsent Masons
Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer, Volkswagen
Peter Virk, Director, Connected Technologies and Apps, Jaguar Land Rover
Sergey Zorin, Head of Kaspersky Transportation System Security, Kaspersky
2:00pmThe evolution of robotics in manufacturing
Andreas Tostmann, Executive Vice President, Production, SEAT
2:30pmPanel: Masters of marketing in the automotive industry
- How is the global and regional demand for new vehicles evolving?
- How are automotive marketing strategies evolving across different platforms?
- What are the latest trends on the customer service side?
- Where will the growth in brand partnerships take place in coming years?
- What can OEMs do to overcome the trust deficit created by recent scandals?
- How are the mobility choices of young people affecting their decisions on car ownership?
- What more can be done to break down the commercial barriers for electric vehicles
Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors
Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Service and Public Relations, Lynk & Co
3:40pmPresentation: Reassessing prospects for the flying car – science fiction or science fact?
From Johnny Cab to the time-traveling DeLorean, just what secrets to the future of transport does science fiction elude to? With climate change, a population growth and urban expansion, can the flying car be re-imagined a way that is safe and sustainable to meet the desires of a society longing for escape and independence?
Ian Constance, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Propulsion Centre
4:10pmConcluding keynote address
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
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- Learn about the latest technological breakthroughs in connectivity and automation
- Discuss ways of improving manufacturing and distribution processes
- Understand the latest cyber-threats and what they mean for the automotive industry
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CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. 120 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 23 National trade associations and European sector associations are members of CLEPA, representing more than 3 thousand companies, employing more than 5 million people and covering all products and services within the automotive supply chain. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognised as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc.).
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