2014 Automotive Forum: Speakers

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 • Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, NY


Automotive Forum Partners


Our excellent line-up of speakers and panelists includes: 

Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
Michael Bartsch, Vice President, Infiniti Americas
Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D., Chief Economist, IHS
Marc Bland, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, IHS Automotive
Neal Boudette, Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Steve Cannon, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz USA
John Casesa, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities LLC
Dan Creekmore, Group Director, Automotive, Facebook
Uwe Ellinghaus, Chief Marketing Office, Global Cadillac
Jim Franchi, Division President of Media, AutoTrader Group
Patrick Gardiner, President, Global Automotives, Nielsen
Jared Hamilton, Founder / CEO, DrivingSales
Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of The Americas, Ford Motor Company
John C. Humphrey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, J.D. Power
Adam Jonas, Managing Director and Leader, Global Auto Research Team, Morgan Stanley
Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America
Jesse Juliano, Director, Analytical Manager-Auto and Auto Suppliers, Standard & Poor's
Neale Kuperman, GNYADA Chairman
Forrest McConnell, NADA Chairman
Itay Michaeli, Vice President, Citi Investment Research and Analysis
David Murphy, President – US, Team Detroit
John Murphy, Managing Director, Automotive Equity Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research
Ravi Shanker, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Jason Stein, Publisher & Editor, Automotive News
John Tierney, Senior Vice President, National/Regional Sales, Comcast Spotlight
Joe White, Senior Editor, The Wall Street Journal,
Peter Welch, President, NADA
David Zuchowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Motor America


Mary Barra
CEO
General Motors

Mary Barra was named Chief Executive Officer of General Motors effective January 15, 2014. She is responsible for leading GM in its drive to become the global industry leader in automotive design and technology, product quality, customer care and business results. Ms. Barra is also a member of the GM Board of Directors.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Barra served as executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain and as senior vice president of global product development. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world. She was also a member of the GM Executive Operations Committee and the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board.

Previously, Ms. Barra served as GM vice president of global human resources; vice president of global manufacturing engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; executive director of competitive operations engineering; and in several engineering and staff positions.

Ms. Barra serves on the General Dynamics Board of Directors and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors. In 2012, she and her husband chaired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's 30th annual dinner, which raised nearly $1.7 million for cancer research.

Ms. Barra serves on the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is GM's Key Executive for Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley. She has been elected to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council effective May 2014. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Kennedy Center's Corporate Fund Board.

In 2014, FORTUNE magazine named Ms. Barra to the top position in its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. In 2013, Forbes magazine named her one of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Ms. Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. She earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after receiving a GM fellowship.


Michael Bartsch
Vice President
Infiniti Americas

Michael Bartsch was appointed Vice President of Infiniti Americas effective September 2013. Reporting directly to Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. President Johan de Nysschen, he is responsible for overseeing Infiniti's overall performance in the United States and Canada, including oversight of the brand's strategic direction, planning, sales and marketing efforts in North America.

Mr. Bartsch first entered the automotive industry as district sales manager with General Motors’ Australian brand, Holden. Since then, he has held a number of management and executive roles within the automotive industry including his most recent position as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Porsche Cars North America prior to joining Infiniti. In this role, he developed international product planning and marketing strategies in addition to his responsibilities managing U.S. and Canadian operations, sales and marketing. He also served as CEO of Porsche Canada. Earlier, he served in sales and marketing roles at Porsche Australia and as director Porsche Centre Australia.

Mr. Bartsch earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.


Marc Bland
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
IHS Automotive

Marc Bland is Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for IHS Automotive. He is responsible for the development and enhancement of IHS Automotive multicultural business opportunities within the growing and diverse automotive market. In this role, he works across the organization to ensure its broad suite of products and custom solutions address the unique marketing needs of those seeking to reach African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Women and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered consumers.

Mr. Bland is a highly sought-after speaker, and his thought leadership has been published in the following books: The 85% Niche: The Power of Women of All Colors—Latina, Black, and Asian by Miriam Muley; Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans by Leonard E. Burnett & Andrea Hoffman; and Black Still Matters in Marketing by Pepper Miller, as well as in other highly respected publications, including Advertising Age; Automotive New; Black Enterprise; Hispanic Business Magazine; The Michigan Chronicle; and Target Market News.

Mr. Bland has received national and global recognition, including 2011 Emerging Leader award from Rainbow Push; 2012 Michigan Chronicle Man of Excellence; 2012 National Research Executive of the Year from Target Market News in Chicago; 2013 Diversity Executive of Distinction by DiversityGlobal Magazine; 2013 Global Diversity Innovation winner by Diversity Journal; and, most recently, he was recognized by Corp! magazine as a 2013 Salute to Diversity award winner.

Mr. Bland received a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.


Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D. Chief Economist IHS

Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D.
Chief Economist
IHS

Dr. Nariman Behravesh is the Chief Economist of IHS and author of “Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide toToday’s Global Economic Debates.” Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of more than 400 professionals located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who cover economic, financial and political developments in more than 200 countries.

Before joining IHS, Dr. Behravesh was chief economist for Global Insight (now an IHS company). Prior to that, he was chief international economist for Standard & Poor’s. He also held a number of other positions, including president and chief executive officer of Oxford Economics U.S.A. and group senior vice president of WEFA. Early in his career, Dr. Behravesh worked at the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve. He has been covering the global economy for more than 35 years.

Dr. Behravesh is a “Bloomberg Best” and ranked as one of Bloomberg’s Top-10 economists for 2009 and 2010. MarketWatch designated IHS Global Insight “Forecaster of the Year” in 2009 and has bestowed several “Forecaster of the Month” accolades since. He and his team were designated No. 1 in USA Today’s 2004 ranking of top economic forecasters and in Reuters’ 2004 survey of major currency exchange rate forecasters. In 2008, he was ranked No. 2 by USA Today. In The Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of US forecasters, Dr. Behravesh ranked No. 3 (out of 56) for 2006 and was the only forecaster to place in the top six for 2003, 2004 and 2006.

As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS, Dr. Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the US and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk and sovereign debt crises. He is cited frequently in such leading business publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, FORTUNE magazine, Forbes and US News and World Report. He also regularly appears on national radio and television programs, including “BBC World Business Report”; “NBC Nightly News”; “CNN Headline News”; “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS)”; Fox News; CNBC; Bloomberg TV and Radio; and “All Things Considered” and “Market Place” on National Public Radio.

Dr. Behravesh was the host of the PBS television series “Inside the Global Economy.” In addition to his recent book, he has authored numerous articles in such publications as European Affairs and Credit Week; co-authored two books, “Economics U$A” (now in its 8th edition) and “Microcomputers, Corporate Planning and Decision Support Systems”; and was a contributing author to a book on scenario analysis, “Learning From the Future.” His op-ed pieces have also appeared in the Financial Times, Newsweek International, The Times of London and The Boston Globe.

Dr. Behravesh received a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.


Neal Boudette

Neal E. Boudette
Automotive Correspondent
The Wall Street Journal

Neal E. Boudette is an Automotive Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He is responsible for covering the world’s auto industry from the newspaper’s Detroit bureau. He is currently covering the intersection of Detroit and Silicon Valley and the United Automobile Worker (UAW) efforts to organize auto plants in southern American states. He also follows Germany’s luxury car makers and the globalization of the industry.

Mr. Boudette joined The Wall Street Journal in 1999 in the newspaper’s bureau in Frankfurt, Germany. He moved to the Detroit bureau in 2004 and from 2007 to 2013 served as bureau chief, leading the paper’s coverage of the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies, Toyota’s recall crisis and the recovery of the U.S. auto market.

Mr. Boudette began his career in public relations, and then switched to journalism, joining a small daily paper in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He later became the Boston correspondent for Industry Week magazine and spent six months covering the reunification of Germany in 1990 as a freelancer. In 1996, he joined Reuters news service, covering corporate and economic news in Germany, before moving to The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Boudette received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Boston University and a master’s degree in international relations from The Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.


Stephen Cannon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mercedes-Benz USA

Stephen Cannon is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA). He has overall responsibility for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, Mercedes-Benz Vans and the smart brand in the United States. He leads MBUSA’s more than 1,700 employees and 362 dealers throughout the United States.

Prior to his current role, which he assumed in January 2012, Mr. Cannon was vice president of marketing for MBUSA, with overall responsibility for marketing communications, market research and product management of the Mercedes-Benz brands in the United States.

Previously, Mr. Cannon served as director of marketing for debis Financial Services (later Daimler Financial Services) and then held key positions in retail and e-business consultancies. He also served as principal for The Richards Group, one of the largest independent full-service advertising agencies in the United States.

Earlier, Mr. Cannon worked on a small team in Stuttgart, Germany, tasked with the development, manufacturing and launch of the M-Class, the first Mercedes-Benz SUV ever made in this market segment. He began his automotive career in 1991 as executive assistant to the president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz of North America (predecessor to MBUSA).

A 2013 Automotive News All-Star, Mr. Cannon earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated with honors. He is a United States Army Airborne Ranger and served as a first lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain.


Dan Creekmore
Group Director, Automotive
Facebook

Dan Creekmore is Group Director of Automotive at Facebook. He is responsible for leading Facebook’s automotive vertical, working closely with marketers and agencies to develop solutions across platforms that build brand awareness, strengthen opinion and consideration and sell more vehicles.

Prior to leading the automotive team, Mr. Creekmore was responsible for two of Facebook’s largest partnerships: American Express and Walmart. In this role, he oversaw development of Amex’s Small Business Saturday & Link-Like-Love programs, as well as the launch of Walmart’s local store presence on Facebook.

Previously, Mr. Creekmore was vice president of Business Development in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for BzzAgent, a pioneer company in social media. In this role, his clients included Colgate-Palmolive, P&G Cosmetics, L’Oreal and Unilever. Earlier, he spent six years at The Nielsen Company and was instrumental in the launch and development of Yahoo! Consumer Direct, the leading online marketing product for the consumer package goods industry. He has also been a speaker on both social media and media measurement in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Creekmore attended the University of Delaware.


Uwe Ellinghaus
Chief Marketing Office
Global Cadillac

Uwe Ellinghaus is Chief Marketing Office at Global Cadillac. He is responsible for leading all brand strategy and marketing efforts for Cadillac worldwide. He joined the company in January 2014 to further the brand’s ongoing expansion and development.

Mr. Ellinghaus has worked in the automotive industry for many years and has held leadership positions for luxury brands. Previously, he served as executive vice president of marketing and sales at Montblanc International, a position he assumed in October 2012.

Prior to his role at Montblanc, Mr. Ellinghaus held a number of marketing and leadership roles at BMW Group, where he began his career in the company’s central marketing department in Munich, Germany. He was appointed general manager of market and trend research in 2001 with responsibility for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. In 2004, he was appointed as marketing director at BMW UK (Ltd.), the brand’s third-largest market.

In 2008, Mr. Ellinghaus was promoted to vice president brand communication, responsible for brand marketing and sponsorships including sports marketing and motorsport. In early 2010, he was promoted to the highest ranking marketing position within BMW globally, responsible for brand strategy and marketing operations. In this capacity, he was awarded Brand Manager of the Year 2012 by the German national newspaper FAZ and the German Design Council, among other honors.


Jim Franchi
Division President of Media
AutoTrader Group

Jim Franchi is Division President of Media at AutoTrader Group. He is responsible for the strategic direction and overall success of AutoTrader.com and Kelley Blue Book.

Earlier, Mr. Franchi held several high-level leadership positions at AutoTrader.com, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, vice president of customer operations and vice president of product management.

Mr. Franchi has a variety of interactive, strategic planning and management consulting experience. Previously, he was a director for Organic, Inc., where he focused on creating online strategies for major organizations. He also has significant experience in strategic and operational consulting, having served in the operational consulting services area for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

Mr. Franchi received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.


Patrick Gardiner

Patrick Gardiner
President, Global Automotive
Nielsen

Patrick Gardiner is President of Global Automotive at Nielsen, where he has been responsible for leading the global automotive practice since August 2013.

He has been successful in a diverse set of roles, including as Nielsen’s president and global senior vice president of product leadership positions for more than 15 years. He has been successful in a diverse set of roles, including as president and global senior vice president of product leadership, operations, emerging markets—in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan—as well as Canada. Prior to moving into international roles, he served in client service, marketing and operations leadership positions for Nielsen Canada. This diversity has required him to become adept at understanding client business issues and at working across client and internal functions in a wide variety of market situations to deliver services that help Nielsen’s clients achieve greater success.


Jared Hamilton

Jared Hamilton
Founder/CEO
DrivingSales


 Joe Hinrichs Executive vice president and President of The Americas Ford Motor Company

Joe Hinrichs
Executive Vice President and President of The Americas
Ford Motor Company

Joe Hinrichs is Executive Vice President and President, The Americas at Ford Motor Company, effective December 2012. Prior to this role, he served as group vice president and president of Asia Pacific and Africa beginning in December 2009. He led Ford’s Asia Pacific growth plan, overseeing the construction of nine new manufacturing plants and spearheading a commitment to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to the region by mid-decade. He oversaw all of Ford’s operations and partnerships within the Asia Pacific and Africa regions , including those with Changan, JMC and Mazda. He was also chairman and CEO of Ford China November 2010 to December 2011.

Previously, Mr. Hinrichs served as group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company, responsible for the operations of 105 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants worldwide and for overseeing the company’s global engineering support for stamping, vehicle and powertrain manufacturing. He also had global responsibility for the company’s Material Planning and Logistics, Ford Production System, Manufacturing Business Office and Labor Affairs organizations, as well as Automotive Components Holdings, the Ford-managed temporary business entity comprised of former Visteon Corp. plants and facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Mr. Hinrichs was vice president, North America Manufacturing from September 2006 to December 2007. He was vice president of Vehicle Operations, responsible for 19 assembly plants and eight stamping and tool and die plants in Canada, Mexico and the United States from October 2005 to September 2006. Previously, he was president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, leading Ford of Canada’s operations, including the national headquarters, six regional sales offices, five vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, two parts distribution centers, and affiliates including Ford Credit, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover and Hertz. Prior to that role, he was director of manufacturing, Vehicle Operations, responsible for the manufacturing, quality and launch of several Ford sport utility vehicles and trucks produced at six assembly plants.

From April 2002 to July 2003 Mr. Hinrichs was executive director of the company’s Material Planning and Logistics organization, responsible for material planning, production control, scheduling, inventory management, logistics and total material flow at all Ford’s manufacturing facilities worldwide. He joined Ford in December 2000 as plant manager of the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Hinrichs was a partner and senior vice president of Ryan Enterprises Group, a manufacturing investment group in Chicago. Early in his career, Hinrichs spent 10 years at General Motors in various positions in engineering and manufacturing, including plant manager.

Mr. Hinrichs was named the 2013 Fortune Magazine Reader’s Choice winner as Businessperson of the Year for the automotive industry. He was also named one of the 10 inaugural winners of the Shanghai Pudong Business Person of the Year award in 2013 in recognition of his leadership in growing Ford’s business in China. Additionally, he was the recipient of the 2008 Shien-Ming Wu Manufacturing Leadership Award, which recognizes manufacturing leaders for their visionary and strategic thinking, courage and impact on the manufacturing industry. He was also named to Automotive News’ 2007 All-Stars for Manufacturing. Earlier, he was recognized for leading Ford’s North American manufacturing team to help boost vehicle quality and improve plant productivity. Mr. Hinrichs was a member of the Board of the Directors of the US-China Business Council from 2010 through 2013.

Mr. Hinrichs has served as co-chairman of the Michigan March of Dimes WalkAmerica campaigns, co-chair of Ford’s Juvenile Diabetes campaign, and operating chairman of the Boy Scouts of America’s Friends of Scouting Leadership campaigns. He was the 2013 Arthritis Foundation’s Tribute to Excellence honoree celebrating his leadership in the community.

Mr. Hinrichs earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School as a GM Fellow.


John C. Humphrey
Senior Vice President and General Manager
J.D. Power

John Humphrey is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Automotive Operations at J.D. Power. He is the lead executive responsible for sales, strategy and operational management of the company’s global automotive practice covering North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Previously, Mr. Humphrey was Senior Vice President of International Operations, with overall responsibility for the company’s global activities in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Canada, which includes offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, London, Munich, Mexico City and São Paulo. He was responsible for strategic leadership and management in key global markets; establishing long-range goals and strategies; and coordinating all business and product development efforts covering the automotive, financial services, travel and telecommunication sectors.

Mr. Humphrey joined J.D. Power in 1989. From 2003 to 2008, he focused on the company’s Asia Pacific business, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of Operations. He was responsible for the inception of the company’s China operations, and resided in Shanghai for two years. He played a key role in further expanding J.D. Power’s presence in the Asia Pacific region. Earlier, he was an executive in the company’s Consulting Division. His primary responsibilities involved working with organizations to identify operational and process-related concerns, as well as consulting with clients on the development and implementation of strategies for sales and customer retention improvement. Previously, he was responsible for research and advisement services in the areas of product quality; long-term durability and reliability; customer satisfaction; and distribution strategies and operations.

Mr. Humphrey is a frequent contributor to automotive publications, and is often quoted on economic and industry trends in the United States and Asia. For many years, he was also a frequent contributor to The Power Report, J.D. Power’s automotive journal, for which he provided analysis and insight into trends in the automotive market.

Mr. Humphrey earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.


Adam Jonas
Managing Director and Leader
Global Auto Research Team, Morgan Stanley

Adam Jonas is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. He is responsible for leading the firm’s global auto research team.

Mr. Jonas joined Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in Chicago in 1996, specializing in corporate finance and M&A in the automotive industry. In 1999, he moved to Equity Research and joined the Firm's European Autos team, based in London, serving as the lead European auto analyst from 2003 to 2010, during which time he was among the most influential auto analysts in the region. His team achieved numerous top 3 rankings, including at Institutional Investor and Extel. Since returning to the United States, the team has reached a top 3 ranking in the Greenwich Associates Equity surveys and top 3 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research survey.

Mr. Jonas serves on the Board of Directors of National Safe Place, a non-profit organization providing access to immediate help and safety for runaway youth.

Mr. Jonas earned his bachelor's degree in business administration (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.


Jesse Juliano
Director, Analytical Manager—Auto and Auto Suppliers
Standard & Poor’s

Jesse Juliano is a Director and the Analytical Manager for the U.S. Auto & Auto Suppliers, Engineering & Construction team in Standard & Poor’s Corporate Ratings Group. He began his current role in 2013. Earlier, he was a ratings analyst for the Corporate Health Care team responsible for a variety of companies, including medical product manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, distributors and other services companies.

Prior to joining Standard & Poor’s in 2003, Mr. Juliano worked as a health care investment banking associate at Deutsche Bank Securities. Additionally, he has worked as a financial analyst for workers’ compensation-focused Concentra Inc.

Mr. Juliano received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Cornell University and is a CFA charter holder.


Scott Keogh
President
Audi of America

Scott Keogh is President of Audi of America. He is responsible for all U.S. activities of the brand, including sales growth, dealer network development and customer consideration.

In his previous role as chief marketing officer, Mr.Keogh was responsible for building the Audi brand in the U.S. market, as well as overseeing product planning and launches. A strong advocate for Audi performance and efficiency engineering, he helped steer the introduction of Audi TDI clean diesel technology to the U.S. market by positioning it as a social cause rather than a mere engine variant. He also developed the strategy to re-introduce RS performance models, including the RS 5 coupe, to the American premium sports car segment. He further advocated for the return of the iconic Audi allroad as part of a strategy that has resulted in 14 new Audi model launches for American consumers between 2006 and 2012. Given the importance of steadily augmenting Audi positioning as the premium brand in the American luxury market, Mr. Keogh’s marketing and advertising work has been as highly lauded as it has been closely watched since he joined the company in 2006.

Earlier, Mr. Keogh served as general manager of marketing communications for Mercedes-Benz USA, with assignments in global brand strategy in Germany, and as general manager of Smart USA, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, product planning and retail automotive development.

Mr. Keogh graduated from Hobart College.


Forrest McConnell
Chairman
NADA

Forrest McConnell is president of McConnell Honda/Acura. He started in the automotive business by washing cars when he was 14 years old and then selling cars when he was 16 at his family’s dealership, McConnell Chrysler/Honda in Montgomery.

Mr. McConnell is the 2013 vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and serves on the board of directors, representing Alabama’s franchised new-car dealers. He has also served on the board of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce since 2005.

Mr. McConnell received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a juris doctor from the Alabama School of Law.


Itay Michaeli
Vice President
Citi Investment Research & Analysis

Itay Michaeli is a Vice President at Citi Investment Research & Analysis covering the U.S. autos and auto parts. He joined the firm in 2001. As a dual equity and fixed income analyst, his research encompasses the entire capital structure focusing on the equity, corporate bonds and CDS contracts of covered issuers.

Previously, Mr. Michaeli covered the aerospace and defense sector for Citi. He also served as a senior fixed income analyst covering automotive, aerospace/defense, supermarkets and tobacco.

Mr. Michaeli received a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University.


John Murphy
Managing Director, Automotive Equity Research
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research

John Murphy is a Managing Director and the lead U.S. Auto Analyst in Equity Research. He is responsible for advising clients on investments in automobile manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and related businesses.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1999, Mr. Murphy worked at the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) in the banking and finance practice.

Mr. Murphy has earned high rankings in industry surveys, including the Institutional Investor All America Research Team; The Wall Street Journal Best on the Street; Financial Times/Starmine World’s Top Analysts; and Bloomberg Markets World’s Top Analysts.

Mr. Murphy has addressed numerous automotive industry conferences, including the World Economic Forum Automotive Industry Sessions; Original Equipment Suppliers Annual Outlook Conference; National Automobile Dealers Association Symposium; International Congress of the Automotive Industry of Mexico’s Conference; and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Automotive Outlook Symposium.

Mr. Murphy received a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Tufts University. He is also a CFA charter holder.


David Murphy
President – USA
WPP Team Detroit

David Murphy is President – USA of WPP Team Detroit and is also responsible for leading the agency's work for Ford in the U.S. Team Detroit is the new model for the full-service advertising agency, giving marketers access to the breadth of the company’s talent, ideas and tools. Team Detroit masters the intersection of business and almost everything imaginable—technology, digital media innovation, pop culture, design, big data, social trends—locally and globally.

Mr. Murphy has helped create successful marketing and branding strategies for some of world’s best-known companies, including Ford, Toyota, The Coca-Cola Company, Sony, Dell, P&G, Mattel, United Airlines, Hilton, Callaway Golf and Applied Materials. His career spans entrepreneurial start-ups, leadership roles at global agencies and client-side marketing management.

Previously, Mr. Murphy co-founded Barrie D'Rozario Murphy, which the American Association of Advertising Agencies recently named “Best Small Agency in the U.S.” Earlier, his leadership experience included serving as president of Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles; president/North American managing partner for Young & Rubicam; and worldwide client service director at Ogilvy & Mather. He also led marketing communications at Aetna Healthcare.

Mr. Murphy has earned numerous EFFIE awards from the American Marketing Association, as well as the “Anthony Bucci Award for Excellence in Communication Ethics” from Duquesne University. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of California Irvine's Merage School of Business and is a frequent lecturer at Chapman University’s Internet Communications Program.

Mr. Murphy received a degree from Duquesne University.


 Finbarr O’Neill President J.D. Power and Associates

Finbarr O’Neill
President
J.D. Power

Finbarr O’Neill is President of J.D. Power, a global leader in providing metrics and valuable insights regarding customer satisfaction and quality. He is responsible for the company’s worldwide operations, including the headquarters office located in Westlake Village, California, as well as seven domestic offices and nine international offices.

Prior to joining J.D. Power and Associates in 2008, Mr. O’Neill was vice chairman and CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds, a global provider of dealership management software and services. He also held positions as co-chairman, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, and president and CEO of Hyundai Motor American from 1998 to 2003. Mr. O’Neill joined Hyundai Motor America as general counsel in February 1985.

Previously, Mr. O’Neill was employed by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. as senior counsel, following seven years of law practice in New York at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Mr. O’Neill formerly served as chairman of the board of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Fordham University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.


Ravi Shanker
Executive Director and Lead Auto Analyst
Morgan Stanley

Ravi Shanker is Executive Director and lead auto analyst at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Shanker covers North American Autos and Auto related industries for Morgan Stanley. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 as research association and subsequently was promoted to lead analyst on North American Autos in 2009. In 2013, Mr Shanker was the lead author on the Morgan Stanley Blue Paper that discussed the future of Autonomous Vehicles.

Mr. Shanker received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Finance Management from the University of Mumbai in India.


Jason Stein
Publisher and Editor
Automotive News

Jason Stein is Publisher and Editor of Automotive News. In this role, he directs the editorial and commercial operations for one of the world’s largest automotive business-to-business news outlets. He oversees more than 65 reporters and editors around the world, from Detroit to Paris to Shanghai. In addition to his editorial responsibilities, he also leads the sales, marketing, event and circulation departments. He became publisher in May 2013 after serving as the editor and associate publisher for six months.

Mr. Stein joined Automotive News as a reporter in October 2003 before transferring to Automotive News Europe in Munich in 2005. Two years later, he was named publisher of Automotive News Europe, a responsibility that included the management of a news operation and commercial entities covering 32 European countries, as well as marketing and event activities. In 2009, Mr. Stein moved back to Detroit to oversee the editorial operations at Automotive News. In 2012, he assumed the responsibility of associate publisher.

Before joining Automotive News, Mr. Stein was an award-winning automotive columnist, reporter and sports writer for a number of North American newspapers. He also spent time as a syndicated freelance writer and a contributor to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other international radio programs.

Mr. Stein received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Mr. Stein is also an active volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Cornerstone Schools.


Peter Welch
President
NADA


Joe White Senior Editor The Wall Street Journal

Joe White
Senior Editor
The Wall Street Journal

Joseph White is Global Auto Editor of The Wall Street Journal, based in the Detroit bureau.

Previously at The Wall Street Journal, Mr. White worked in the Washington, D.C., bureau as an editor overseeing coverage of business regulation and energy policy. He has also served as bureau chief in Detroit and as news editor with responsibilities that included coverage of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., as well as management issues and the auto industry. He has also worked as news editor and chief of correspondents for The Wall Street Journal Europe following his work as deputy bureau chief in Detroit, where he initially joined the company as a reporter. He began his journalism career as a reporter with the Vineyard Gazette in Edgartown, Massachusetts. He joined the St. Petersburg Times as a reporter and moved to the Connecticut Law Tribune as a reporter in the Hartford bureau.

In 1993, Mr. White and then Detroit Bureau Chief Paul Ingrassia were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting for their 1992 coverage of the management turmoil at General Motors Corp. They also received a 1993 Gerald Loeb Award in the deadline/beat writing category for their General Motors coverage.

Mr. White and Mr. Ingrassia's book, “Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry,” was published by Simon & Schuster in September 1994.

Mr. White received a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University.


David Zuchowski
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hyundai Motor America

David Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s operations in the United States.

Zuchowski, a 33-year veteran of the automotive industry, joined Hyundai Motor America in February 2007 as vice president of sales and was promoted to executive vice president, national sales in 2010. He was promoted to his current role as president and chief executive officer in January 2014.

Zuchowski joined Hyundai from Mazda North America where he served as vice president of sales and field operations.

Zuchowski began his career in 1980 at Ford Motor Company. He has spent 23 years in various executive-level positions including regional manager, product marketing manager, national merchandising manager and field operations manager for the Ford and Lincoln Mercury divisions.

Zuchowski earned his Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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