After the Perfect Storm: Competitive Forces Shaping the Auto Industry

The U.S. auto industry has recently experienced its worst downturn in memory as all major markets around the world slowed down at the onset of the global recession. Two of the Detroit carmakers were near death until the U.S. government rescued them. As conditions return to normalcy, this conference focuses on the question of which factors will shape the industry's competitiveness going forward. What will the North American auto industry look like in 2020? The conference features keynote addresses by Steve Rattner, former Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Tom Stallkamp, Industrial Partner, Ripplewood Holdings; and Bob King, Vice President, UAW. There will also be sessions on the following topics:


  • The current state of the auto industry
  • Industry competitiveness
  • Regulation of automobiles and financing of innovation

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1:30 PM
Conference Registration
2:00 PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Daniel Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
2:15 PM
Opening Keynote
Steve Rattner, Former Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury View Bio
3:15 PM
Session 1: The Current State of the Auto Industry – What Has Changed in the Last 18 Months
Martin Zimmerman, Professor, University of Michigan View Bio
Thomas Klier, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
Sean McAlinden, Chief Economist and Vice President, Center for Automotive Research View Bio
Swamy Kotagiri, Executive Vice President, Cosma Engineering & Technology View Bio
Jim Rubenstein, Professor, Miami University View Bio
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
David Andrea, Vice President, Business Development, Original Equipment Suppliers Association
Tom Stallkamp, Industrial Partner, Ripplewood Holdings View Bio
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
William Testa, Vice President and Director of Regional Programs, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
Culture and Competitiveness
Daniel Howes, Detroit News View Bio
8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM
Session 2: What Will the Auto Industry Look Like in 2020? What Is Likely to Shape Success?
Martin Baily, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution View Bio
Dan Hancock, Vice President, Global Powertrain Engineering, General Motors Corporation View Bio
John Paul MacDuffie, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania View Bio
Production System: Flexibility and Modularity
Doug Szopo, Executive Director, Global Product Planning and Strategy, Ford Motor Company View Bio
Product Strategy: Global or Regional?
Sue Helper, Professor, Case Western University View Bio
10:45 AM
10:45 AM
Session 3: Regulation, Policy and Innovation
Chris Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute View Bio
Brent Yacobucci, Energy Specialist, Congressional Research Service View Bio
Edwin Owens, Supervisor, Vehicle Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy View Bio
Jim Brockbank, Vice President, Export Development Canada View Bio
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
Lunch Keynote
Robert Wiley, Senior Vice President and Detroit Branch Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
A New Role for Labor? Partner and Owner
Bob King, Vice President, United Auto Workers View Bio
2:00 PM




Last Updated: 07/01/2010

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Hotel Information

Atheneum Hotel
1000 Brush Ave
Detroit ,  MI   48226

Rooms at the Atheneum Hotel are available for conference attendees at a rate of $129.00 per night. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly by calling (313) 962-2323. If you have questions or need assistance making a reservation, please contact Sandy Schneider via e-mail or (312) 322-8203.

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