Automotive Leaders Summit - North America 2018

April 16th-17th 2018 | Detroit

The Agenda


Day One - 16 April 2018


Networking Drinks Reception

The perfect start to the conference. Join other delegates at our Networking Drinks Reception.

Held in the Italian Garden on the Fourth Floor.




Day Two - 17 April 2018



Held in the Crystal Ballroom on the Fourth Floor.


Opening Remarks

Sam Ogle


North American Automotive Trends & Forecasts

Brett E. Cayot 


Perspectives on the Future of Mobility

Scott Corwin, Deloitte Consulting


Challenge of Mobility in Detroit

Mark De La Vergne


Keynote Speaker

Terry Virts -  NASA Astronaut – the ultimate supply chain where logistics is literally the only lifeline


Networking Break

To be held in Woodward A located on the second floor

Sponsored by:


Knowledge Hubs

To be held in Woodward A located on the second floor

Logistics Networks

The changing face of all areas of transportation, from road to rail to sea and beyond 

Vehicle Preparation

Shifting pdi and other customer-facing activities from the OEM organization to skilled and agile logistics providers 

Technology Driven Logistics

Harnessing the latest software and hardware to streamline the inbound and outbound supply chain 

Customer Satisfaction

From faster service part delivery to fleet management, how the LSP can add vehicle buyer retention and satisfaction

Going Electric

The challenges of handling new powertrains – from shipping and delivery to charging infrastructure, how can the logistics company of today become the full-electric service provider of tomorrow’s electric world?


From EVs, hybrids and fuel cell vehicles LNG ships to electric and CNG trucks in the supply chain, the drive for a cleaner automotive future has never been more intense

Future Cities

From EV charging stations to dedicated routes and parking for alternative power vehicles to car-free housing projects, we examine the impact of the automobile on our urban spaces 

Future Transportation

Autonomous vehicles, ride and car sharing, future ownership models and the changing face of consumers’ attitudes to personal transportation discussed

Connected Security

Cyber-safety in every aspect of tomorrow’s transport models, from shared connectivity to data protection, tracking consumer choices and increasing vehicle security



To be held in Woodward B located on the second floor


Supply Chain Visibility – Mexico

Richard DeBoer, Carter Logistics


Customer Satisfaction - Aftersales maintaining the brand promise

Anu C Goel, Volkswagen

Stephan Reif, BMW


The North American Automotive Industry
- What Lies Ahead?

Bernard Swiecki, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)


Networking Break

Sponsored by:


Harnessing the power of big data to link Automotive 2.0 with Industry 4.0

Jeremy Burne, Global MRV and British American Chamber of Commerce (Great Lakes)


From raw material extraction to vehicle end of life - securely connecting the supply chain

Reid Eastman, Blacksands Inc.


Leaders Debate

Preparing for the future whilst dealing with the now. Automotive Leaders and New Mobility Visionaries come together to discuss and review the thoughts from the day.


End of Conference sessions


Awards Champagne Reception

Held in the Italian Garden on the Fourth Floor.

Awards Host

Terry Virts NASA Astronaut 


Awards Presentations and Gala Dinner 

Held in the Crystal Ballroom on the Fourth Floor.

Delegates will  join the celebrations at the fourth North American Automotive Global Awards.  For more information about the awards, or to book additional places please click here