June 18, 2002

Automotive electronics conference to feature big-name speakers

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Convergence 2002, a global automotive electronics conference, will be held October 21-23, 2002 at Cobo Center in Detroit. This year’s theme, Transportation Electronics = Business + Technology + Process, addresses three important aspects of automotive electronics — the product, the process and the business.

“In addition to providing a top-of-the-line list of speakers from the world’s pre-eminent automotive and electronics companies, we aim to focus on the importance of strong business strategies and profitability in the future of automotive electronics,” said Bernard I. Robertson, senior vice president of DaimlerChrysler and chairman of Convergence 2002. “By bringing these key industry executives together at one venue to discuss the challenges and solutions in business, partnerships and manufacturing, we’ll uncover the next steps in new product development.”

In addition to Robertson, who will open the conference, Convergence 2002 speakers include:

  • Dick Brass, vice president of Technology Development at Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing, is featured as the opening keynote speaker on Monday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m.
  • Wolfgang Dehen, president & CEO, Siemens VDO Automotive AG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of electronics, electrical products and mechatronics to the automotive industry, will immediately follow Mr. Brass on Monday at 9:45 a.m.
  • Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, deputy chairman of the Executive Board Continental AG, a global company specializing in the development and production of promising systems in the areas of brake technology, vehicle dynamics control, tires and energy management, will be featured as Monday’s afternoon keynote speaker at 1:30 p.m.
  • Chris Galvin, CEO of Motorola, a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions, will open on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with a morning keynote address at 8:30 a.m.
  • Thierry Morin, CEO of Valeo, one of the world’s top suppliers of components, integrated systems and modules, will begin the Wednesday, Oct. 23, sessions with a morning keynote address starting at 8:30 a.m.
  • Alex Lidow, CEO of International Rectifier, a world leader in power management technology that improves functionality, speed, compactness, and portability in information technology and other end products, will be featured as Wednesday’s afternoon keynote speaker at 1:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Dieter Zetsche, president & CEO of Chrysler Group at DaimlerChrysler, will conclude Convergence 2002 by serving as the keynote speaker at the closing banquet on Wednesday evening.

Other automotive dignitaries scheduled to speak during the course of the conference include: J.T. Battenberg III, chairman, CEO & President of Delphi; Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications; Dr. C.K. Prahalad, Harvey C. Fruehauf professor of Corporate Strategy at the University of Michigan Business School; Paul Hansen, publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics; and Trevor O. Jones, founder of Convergence.

Hosted this year by DaimlerChrysler, the conference will also include three panel discussions with leading-edge experts of the automotive and electronics industries and more than 75 technical papers addressing important technological, societal and business issues affecting the application of electronics in the automobile.

Convergence 2000 drew more than 9,000 attendees and 250 media from around the world. Exhibit space for the 2002 conference has been increased by 35 percent and will feature more than 180 state-of-the-art exhibits, occupying two halls at the Cobo facility.

The Convergence Transportation Electronics Association (CTEA), which founded the conference more than 25 years ago, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) will co-sponsor Convergence 2002. Proceeds from the conference benefit the Convergence Education Foundation (CEF), a nonprofit organization devoted to developing a passion for mathematics and science in school-aged children.

To register on-line visit the Convergence 2002 website at www.convergence2002.org.

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