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Manufacturing, Industries

FT Future of the Car Summit USA 2018

Leading the mobility revolution

Detroit |
Speakers include:
Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter

Audi of America

Christine Sitek

Christine Sitek

General Motors

Maarten Sierhuis

Maarten Sierhuis

Nissan Research Center


After an incredibly successful 2018, the FT Future of the Car Summit USA is back for 2019. Visit the 2019 website for all you need to know.

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Europe highlights

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Testimonials from the Europe Summit

Testimonials from the European Summit

“Great presenter line up, hot topics of the moment and slick organisation.”

  • Steven De Ploey, Jaguar Land Rover

"I enjoyed the conference--I found it to be a high-caliber, high-energy event.

  • Karl Iagnemma, President and Co-Founder, nuTonomy

“An excellent opportunity to listen, learn and share ideas and opinions about our industry.”

  • Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren

“Fantastic insight into the thoughts of automotive industry leaders and influencers”

  • Stuart Masson, Editor, The Car Expert

“Insightful discussion on a key topic with a well-balanced panel”  

  • Darren Handley, Cyber Security Lead, Department for Transport

Full Overview

Future of the Car Summit USA 2018 is our big picture, mega trends event for US OEMs, their partners, and their partners to be.

The focus of the conference is commercial rather than technical. Domestic and international speakers from across the industry and from the broader mobility ecosystem will discuss the metamorphosis of carmakers into mobility companies, developments in electric and driverless vehicles, the connected car, and the role of cities in a quick-changing mobility ecosystem.

New partnerships, new technologies and new consumer behaviours will be central strands of the conversation.

Who will you meet?
Future of the Car Summit 2018 is for a core audience of OEMs and their Tier 1 partners. The audience will include decision-makers from:

  • dealerships
  • toll companies
  • road builders
  • fuel suppliers
  • auto and health insurance providers
  • mobility tech providers
  • parking companies
  • fast moving goods companies
  • financial services
  • law firms
  • venture investors
  • energy companies
  • transport and infrastructure advisory firms.

From the public sector

  • state departments of finance
  • transport and infrastructure
  • heads of strategy and investment from the largest cities across North America.

Speakers (19)

Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Audi of America

Matt Carpenter is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Audi of America with responsibility for the financial planning, steering, controlling, reporting and target achievement at Audi of America. He also serves as CFO of Audi Canada. He reports to Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America.

Mr Carpenter's most recent role at Audi of America prior to becoming CFO was General Manager, Vehicle Sales, responsible for new and pre-owned sales for the Audi brand in the US from 2011 until 2015. Since then, he has served one year as General Manager, Dealer Remarketing for Audi Financial Services / VW Credit, Inc. and also spent five months on foreign assignment in Ingolstadt, Germany, in AUDI AG’s controlling department.

Mr Carpenter joined Audi of America in 2007 as a business management consultant in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He later was appointed Vehicle Merchandising Manager where he played a central role in boosting Audi US sales volume and improving the quality of the business for the company and its dealers. These efforts included addressing the efficiency of sales programs and sophistication of retail sales and incentive planning.

Before Audi, Mr Carpenter held various positions at Ford Motor Company. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Christine Sitek

Christine Sitek

Chief Operating Officer, Global Connected Customer Experience
General Motors

Christine Sitek is COO, GM Global Connected Customer Experience (GCCX) where she has P&L responsibility for the global OnStar and connectivity business. She manages a team of 6,235 employees that handles more than 169 million customer interactions annually in 30 languages across more than 14 million connected vehicles. Ms Sitek drives a competitive and innovative product roadmap while delivering an exemplary customer experience. Her responsibilities also include launching new connected vehicle services, managing growth opportunities with key business partners and collaborating with the sales and service teams on marketing initiatives.

Ms Sitek started her career at GM in 1989 and rose through the ranks in Global Purchasing and Supply Chain transitioning through various assignments of increasing responsibility in Electrical Commodities, Global Supplier Quality & Warranty, Service Parts Operations and Indirect, Machinery & Equipment. Most recently, she spent five years in a series of cross-functional moves within Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Operations and Quality. In Manufacturing Engineering, she assumed responsibility for the flawless execution of 40 major vehicle launches. 

Ms Sitek holds an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy and a BA from Michigan State University. She was twice named one of the “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” by Automotive News. In 2017, she was a Powered by Women honoree by DBusiness magazine, Detroit’s premier business journal.

Maarten Sierhuis

Maarten Sierhuis

Chief Technology Director
Nissan Research Center

Dr Maarten Sierhuis is Chief Technology Director at the Nissan Research Center. In this role, he has oversight of all technical innovation with responsibility to connect Silicon Valley research outcomes to all Alliance research and advanced engineering functions. Previously, as the founding Director of Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley, Dr Sierhuis created the NRC-SV research portfolio and led a team of researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and Human-Machine Interaction and Interfaces (HMI²) to help shape the future of intelligent cars capable of driving themselves.

Prior to Nissan, Dr Sierhuis spent more than 12 years at NASA Ames Research Center, where he researched the development of human and autonomy systems for space exploration. He developed an autonomous multi-agent system for human and robotic planetary exploration that was used to automate the work of flight controllers in NASA’s Mission Control for the International Space Station. He is one of the creators of the Brahms agent language.

Dr Sierhuis joined Nissan in 2013. In a career in research and software engineering spanning 25 years, he has also worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NYNEX Science & Technology, IBM Corporation, and as a founder of a startup Ejenta.

Dr Sierhuis earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The Hague University and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Mike Ableson

Mike Ableson

Vice President, Global Strategy
General Motors

Mike Ableson is General Motors Vice President of Global Strategy. He was appointed to his current position in September 2015 and is responsible for leading the newly formed Strategy Organization team, whose role is to look for opportunities to leverage GM’s technology advantage in the changing automotive industry and integrate across the business. Connected Vehicle, Urban Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles and Fuel Cells are considered critical future business opportunities. 

Prior to this role, Mr Ableson was Vice President of Global Planning and Program Management, responsible for leading the company’s worldwide product plans.  He first started with General Motors in 1984, when he began as an analysis engineer.  

Since then, Mr Ableson has held numerous roles, including oversight of a new global development platform for mid-size vehicles; Chief Engineer for small trucks and mid-size trucks; and head of Global Advanced Vehicle Development. He has also spent time in Germany, where he focused on compact cars and led all European global engineering.  

Mr Ableson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1982 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. 

David Baga

David Baga

Chief Business Officer

David Baga is Lyft's Chief Business Officer, overseeing the fast-growing Lyft Business team. Mr Baga joined Lyft after serving as Chief Revenue Officer at Rocket Lawyer for four years, during which he grew revenues from $2 million to over $40 million. Prior to Rocket Lawyer, he spent seven years building and overseeing record-setting sales teams at Oracle. In addition to his recent appointment at Lyft, Mr Baga also actively advises start-ups on go-to-market strategy and is a board member for Points of Light.

Filip Brabec

Filip Brabec

Vice President, Product Management
Audi of America

Filip Brabec is Vice President, Product Management, at Audi of America with responsibility for product definition and configuration of current models as well as setting the lineup of future U.S. vehicles in concert with AUDI AG.

A leader in product planning for the company since 2006, Brabec now oversees two important arenas. Both of them contribute significantly to expanding the Audi brand and product platform for the company’s ambitious expansion plans in the U.S. market over the next few years.

First, he and his staff ensure that information about the current Audi of America product lineup is completely and properly distributed – an increasingly complex task given the proliferation of new Audi models over the last few years.

Second, Brabec works in a highly integrated basis with teams from the parent company in Germany on the development and planning of new products and technologies for future Audi models in the United States.

After an eclectic youth that included becoming a popular American country music singer in his native Czechoslovakia, and graduating from high school in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Brabec rose through the ranks of Audi of America in Auburn Hills, Michigan, as a product-planning manager, then at AUDI AG in Germany, before returning to the U.S. in 2005.

Russell Hensley

Russell Hensley

McKinsey & Company

Russell Hensley is a Partner in McKinsey’s Detroit Office and a senior leader within the Firm’s Global Automotive and Assembly Practice.  He joined McKinsey in 2003, has focused the past 16 years on strategic and operational transformations within the global automotive and multiple related industries and leads the global automotive knowledge agenda for the Global Practice.  Prior to McKinsey, he led Vehicle Engineering Operations at Ricardo Consulting Engineers and at the Motor Industry Research Association, both in North America. Russell has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University, England, and a Masters in Business Administration, with Distinction, from The University of Michigan, USA.

Jonathan Hewett

Jonathan Hewett

Global CMO

Jonathan Hewitt started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, he joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, he now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider.

Brendan Jones

Brendan Jones

Chief Operating Officer
Electrify America

Brendan Jones is the Chief Operating Officer of Electrify America, LLC. Prior to joining Electrify America, Mr Jones served as the Vice President of OEM Strategy & Development for EVgo. He also spent over 20 years at Nissan, the last six as the executive responsible for building out electric vehicle sales and infrastructure. He also formerly served as an executive board member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the ROEV Association.

Ralf Landmann

Ralf Landmann

Global Automotive & Mobility Practice
Spencer Stuart

With more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, Ralf Landmann supports the boards of recognized listed and privately-held market leaders worldwide on their needs for executive and non-executive directors. He focuses on senior-level assignments with a particular emphasis on the automotive sector. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Mr Landmann was a Senior Partner with Roland Berger, responsible for the firm’s global activities in automotive strategy and sales and marketing. He also served as the global key-client manager for two of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. Previously, Mr Landmann was the head of Deloitte’s European automotive practice and the leader of the Germany automotive practice of Arthur D. Little. Before working in management consulting, Mr Landmann worked in corporate development at Daimler-Benz and strategic planning at Schott Glass. He is a sought-after speaker on automotive industry topics, a frequent contributor in TV and print media, and author of several publications including "The future of the automotive industry" and "Connectivity Leadership". He has also participated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.   

Stephen Lesh

Stephen Lesh

Head of Hardware Engineering and Vehicle Programs
Uber Advanced Technologies Group

The Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) is dedicated to developing self-driving, mapping, and vehicle safety technologies that advance Uber’s mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere. As Head of Hardware Engineering and Vehicle Programs, Mr Lesh leads the AGT team designing and developing Uber’s Self-Driving-Vehicle hardware systems, including integration of the technology into OEM-partner vehicle platforms. He is also involved in the development of future business models for mobility with various partners to design, build, and operate autonomous fleets. Prior to joining Uber, Mr Lesh worked for over 20 years at Ford Motor Co. in a variety of vehicle program and engineering development roles in both the US and Europe, most recently as Global Director, Program Management.

Carrie Morton

Carrie Morton

Deputy Director, Mcity
University of Michigan

Carrie Morton oversees day-to-day operations of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s public-private partnership devoted to advancing the development of connected and automated vehicles. She is actively involved in supporting strategy development and execution, and fosters collaboration among Mcity’s industry, government and academic partners. Prior to joining Mcity, Ms Morton served a dual role at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. As director of business development, she helped broaden industrial relationships with energy faculty. Morton also served as assistant director for collaboration and industry outreach for the US-China Clean Energy Research Center – CleanVehicle Consortium. Ms Morton joined the university in 2011 after more than a decade in the automotive industry, primarily with the Robert Bosch Corporation. In her last role at Bosch, she was manager of government projects and responsible for leading all publicly funded research projects, with a focus on engine combustion. Ms Morton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Automotive Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Darren Palmer

Darren Palmer

Global Director, Battery Electric Vehicles Product Development

Darren Palmer is the Global Product Development Director for Battery Electric Vehicles at Ford and Lincoln vehicles worldwide. He heads the electric cars division for PD as part of Team Edison, which is a company within a company, introduced to accelerate global development using a Design Thinking approach.

Prior to this role, Mr Palmer served in a number of executive roles, including leading Global Large and Luxury Products, Global Small Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Global Quality and the Ford JV setup in Russia.

Mr Palmer's particular skill is in developing highly customer focused product propositions that customers fall in love with. Then inspiring large and diverse teams spread across multiple continents to deliver to markets world-wide. Examples include global segment leading products such as Ford Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Mustang and Transit.

Since joining Ford in 1992, Palmer has amassed significant experience in global vehicle development, having held positions in Product Development, Product Planning, Manufacturing and Quality, in the UK, Germany, United States and through regular global travel to South America, China, India and Australia.

Mr Palmer is an Automotive News ‘Rising Star’ for Product Development and has used this status to build a global network of industry colleagues.

Mr Palmer holds an MBA from Henley Management College, England, an Electrical, Electronics and Technology Degree from Birmingham University in England and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).

Chadd Price

Chadd Price

Head of Product Planning
Hyundai America Technical Center

Chadd Price is the Head of the Product Planning Department at Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) – Hyundai Motor Group’s North American research and development headquarters. In this capacity, Mr Price is responsible for Product Planning activities for all Hyundai-Kia-Genesis cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles for the Americas; cross vehicle planning of feature, innovation, and technology; customer research and user experience; and vehicle packaging.

Mr Price spent 10 years with the company now known as FCA in various rotational roles over multiple departments including Powertrain, Vehicle Development, Program Management, Quality, Sales/Marketing, Brand, and Product Planning.  He settled on his love of understanding the customer, their needs, and how those needs translate into vehicle attributes and features, serving within HATCI’s Product Planning group in various capacities for over 10 years.

The Innovation and Technology group within Product Planning focuses on longer term trends, technologies, and patent portfolio researching in areas such as Mobility, Autonomy, and Electrification. 

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Global Auto & Mobility Director

Tim Smith is the Global Auto & Mobility Director for ustwo Studios. He leads design and technology teams in New York, London, Sydney and Malmo focused on studying, exploring and designing for human behaviour in and around the car, including autonomous vehicles, along with other transportation and mobility services. Mr Smith has been integral to major projects with clients like Ford, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan, among others. Earlier this year, he co-wrote the first book ever released on UX design for autonomous vehicles: “Humanising Autonomy: Where Are We Going?” which argues that most companies have forgotten the user in their pursuit of technical excellence in self-driving cars. In 2018, Mr Smith was recognised by BIMA as one of the top 100 influencers in UK digital design.

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer
Karma Automotive

Ken Stewart is Chief Strategy Officer at Karma Automotive responsible for technology, product and business planning for the company.  His business and engineering career spans 40 years in the automotive sector with experience in company strategy, product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales.

Mr Stewart has comprehensive technical and commercial expertise in the ‘new age’ transportation industry including electric vehicles and connected cars.  He has consulted as a subject-matter expert as well as been an employee in a wide variety of global start-ups, small companies and large corporations.

Chris Urmson

Chris Urmson

Co-Founder and CEO

Chris Urmson is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, the company building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation safely, quickly, and broadly. Chris has been instrumental in instigating and advancing the development of self-driving vehicles and the industry for the last 15 years.  Before founding Aurora, Chris helped build Google’s self-driving car program and served as CTO. Prior, Chris was a faculty member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked with house size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and was the technical director of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams. He earned his PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Executive Director of Advanced Development
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

Gareth Williams is the Executive Director of Advanced Development at Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America where he leads a team that is refining the in-car user experience and exploring the frontier of infotainment, ADAS, and autonomous technology. He brings many years of software engineering and automotive expertise to his role, helping OEM customers realize their visions while adapting to the new mobility ecosystem. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Stephan Zeh

Stephan Zeh

General Manager

Stephan Zeh is the General Manager of Silvercar by Audi at Silvercar Inc. and Head of Audi Mobility Services at Audi of America. With over 10 years of experience at Audi working in offices around the globe, including Dubai, Ingolstadt, and Munich, Mr Zeh is now based in the Austin office.  He leads the overall Audi mobility strategy for the United States, together with Silvercar Inc. and Audi Business Innovation GmbH. Together with his team in Austin he is responsible for the rapid expansion of the app-based, premium mobility service, Silvercar by Audi, acquired by Audi in 2017. Mr Zeh started his career with Audi as a Corporate Sales Manager, where he was responsible for 12 countries in the Near & Middle East. During his time at AUDI AG he led a team focusing on trend and innovation research and was responsible for the Audi Innovation Research offices in San Francisco and Beijing. Prior to joining Audi, Mr Zeh was an International Franchise Manager responsible for 15 countries in the Middle East and Scandinavia at Sixt GmbH & Co. Autovermietung KG. He spearheaded the strategic development of acquired franchise partners and negotiations with potential corporate clients and cooperation partners. Mr Zeh holds a BA in International Business Administration from Euro Business College in Munich.  


Chair and moderators (3)

Peter  Campbell

Peter Campbell

Global Motor Industry Correspondent
Financial Times

Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Global 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, Peter covered technology and UK company news for the FT, and has previously covered energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014. Peter holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1

Christie Coplen

Christie Coplen

Global Industrial and Leadership Consulting
Spencer Stuart

With nearly 20 years of experience in several broad-based industrial sectors, Christie Coplen is well-versed in the senior-level leadership needs and talent pool in related fields such as digital, product development, electrical and electronic products, software, mobility and operations. She has delivered global answers to C-suite and senior-level assignments across her sector, and also has expertise in executive assessment, top team effectiveness, succession planning, leadership development and M&A integration efforts. Ms Coplen has diverse industry and consulting experience in North America and Europe. Before joining Spencer Stuart, she served as president and co-founder of Versicor, a provider of turnkey design to distribution support with a focus on Internet of Things, mechatronics, and software-based products within the industrial, health tech and consumer industries. Ms Coplen is active in her community and serves on the board at the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland County, Michigan, and is a member of the AutomotiveNEXT board at Inforum. 

Moritz  Rittstieg

Moritz Rittstieg

Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company

Moritz Rittstieg is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s Chicago Office and a leader in McKinsey’s Global Automotive and Assembly Practice. He is also a core member of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility with a special focus on Disruptions in the Auto Industry and Industry structure changes. Mr Rittstieg joined McKinsey in 2012, and has focused the past 6 years on strategic and operational transformations with a number of global automotive and related industry players. In his work, he focuses on strategic and operational topics related to Future Mobility. This includes business building for digital offerings with a focus on market strategy, monetization, delivery, as well as operationalizing and executing new business growth, i.e., launching the product. His work for Auto OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as well as non-traditional automotive attackers and cities gives him a broad overview of changes in the Future Mobility Ecosystem. Mr Moritz also co-leads McKinsey’s work on Auto 2030, which takes stock of the Industry disruptions and assesses the impact on the Industry structure. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Aachen.

Agenda - 8th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Shared mobility - through the looking glass

    Shared mobility has attracted significant investment and headlines – but its future growth potential and value chain economics remain unclear. This session will aim to parse fact from hype with insights into the underlying drivers of current and future growth, in order to provide a balanced outlook on the potential magnitude of disruption from shared mobility over the next 15 years and its path to economic viability.

    Russell Hensley, Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • 9:30am
    Panel: Revolutionizing transport with connected and autonomous vehicles
    • What are the latest trends in sensor and perception technology?
    • Where and when are we likely to see self-driving vehicles en masse first?
    • Do the cost and consumer demand for self-driving cars stack up financially?
    • How could regulation change with increased connectivity and automation?
    • What are the emerging cyber-security risks associated with connected cars?

    Stephen Lesh, Head of Hardware Engineering and Vehicle Programs, Uber Advanced Technologies Group
    Carrie Morton, Deputy Director, Mcity, University of Michigan
    Chadd Price, Head of Product Planning, Hyundai America Technical Center
    Tim Smith, Global Auto & Mobility Director, ustwo 

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Interview: The road to a self-driving future

    Hear how the rise of autonomous vehicles could play out and why it's important for society

    Chris Urmson, Co-Founder and CEO, Aurora

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:55am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:15am
    The future of electrified mobility

    Mike Abelson, Vice President, Global Strategy, General Motors

  • 11:45am
    Data-led strategies and connecting industries

    With the Tsunami of data and a desire to both monetize and increase customer loyalty, connecting industries to create powerful ecosystems may seem like nirvana but it is already happening. Hear a case study describing what the critical components of success look like.

    Jonathan Hewett, Global CMO, Octo

  • 12:00pm
    Panel: The future of powertrains - evolution or revolution?
    • What are the prospects for electric cars in the mass-market over the next 5 years?
    • Where is investment in EV charging infrastructure across the US going to come from?
    • What are some of the supply chain-related challenges for electric cars?
    • What are the challenges for achieving efficient mass production of hydrogen fuel cells?
    • Could natural gas become the new standard fuel for internal combustion engines?

    Filip Brabec, Vice President, Product Management, Audi of America
    Darren Palmer, Global Director, Battery Electric Vehicles Product Development, Ford
    Ken Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer, Karma Automotive 

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:50pm
    Fireside chat: Tackling the diversity and inclusion challenge

    The automotive industry has the opportunity to improve diversity and inclusion on multiple levels, from gender and background to skills and work experience. How can this be achieved and what extra value could it bring to companies?

    Christine Sitek, Chief Operating Officer, Global Connected Customer Experience, General Motors

    Interviewed by Christie Coplen, Global Industrial and Leadership Consulting, Spencer Stuart 

  • 2:20pm
    The automotive top executive of the future

    A new breed of outstanding leaders for an industry in transition

    Ralf Landmann, Global Automotive & Mobility Practice, Spencer Stuart

  • 2:35pm
    Interview: Charge! Automakers are planning a surge of EVs – How will they charge?

    Automakers have announced major commitments to introduce electric vehicles in the US in the coming years, which will require an expanded charging infrastructure. With 80 percent of charging happening at home or the workplace, will EV owners have a robust fast charging infrastructure available to travel about the country, in metro areas and support the expected growth in EVs?

    Brendan Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Electrify America

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:55pm
    Panel: Doing business in the new mobility ecosystem
    • How are OEMs and new players in the automotive market competing and collaborating? 
    • Who will be the winners and losers of changing customer behavioral patterns?
    • How will increased durability and longevity of vehicles affect traditional business models?
    • How will automotive supply chains of the future be different?
    • How will the insurance industry adapt to the rise of autonomous vehicles?

    David Baga, Chief Business Officer, Lyft
    Gareth Williams, Executive Director of Advanced Development, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
    Stephan Zeh, General Manager, Silvercar

    Moderated by Moritz Rittstieg, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • 3:45pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 4:00pm
    The future of intelligent mobility

    The arrival of autonomous vehicles on our roads will unleash a torrent of societal change and innovation. Like any technology, it is essential that autonomous vehicle technologies are developed using a human-centered approach. This talk will provide a roadmap for bringing AVs to market and describe the importance of keeping humans in the loop.

    Maarten Sierhuis, Chief Technology Director, Nissan Research Center

  • 4:30pm
    Navigating the new automotive landscape

    Matt Carpenter, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Audi of America

  • 5:00pm
    Closing remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

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At Spencer Stuart, we know how much leadership matters. We are trusted by organizations around the world to help them make the senior-level leadership decisions that have a lasting impact on their enterprises. Through our executive search, board and leadership advisory services, we help build and enhance high-performing teams for select clients ranging from major multinationals to emerging companies to nonprofit institutions.

Privately held since 1956, we focus on delivering knowledge, insight and results through the collaborative efforts of a team of experts — now spanning 57 offices, 30 countries and more than 50 practice specialties. Boards and leaders consistently turn to Spencer Stuart to help address their evolving leadership needs in areas such as senior-level executive search, board recruitment, board effectiveness, succession planning, in-depth senior management assessment and many other facets of organizational effectiveness.

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McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

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ustwo is a global, independently owned, digital product and services studio with offices in New York, Malmö, London, and Sydney. We conceive and launch new digital products and services that have a meaningful impact on the world. Our Auto & Mobility practice creates products and experiences for in-car HMI, smart mobility, connected cars, and accessibility with most major OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. We’re helping our clients create, evolve and grow their digital process and culture to succeed in today’s changing marketplace.

Supporting Partner (2)

Marx Layne & Company’s automotive public relations expertise includes media relations, strategic communications planning, reputation management, executive positioning, industry networking and credentialing, digital and social media, crisis communication, special events and business-to-business direct marketing campaigns. Our vast experience is a result of 30+ years working with OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, mobility companies, logistics providers, tooling and metal cutting shops, engineering companies, turnaround management firms, law firms, and automotive retailers (both OEM and aftermarket). Further extending our overall reach, Marx Layne has been a strategic partner of a leading global public relations firm for more than a decade.

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