Detroit Regional Chamber adds Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles, William Clay Ford Jr. to Mackinac conference lineup
Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles, will join the speaker lineup at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference.
Gilles — president and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports and senior vice president of product design at Chrysler Group LLC — will open a panel discussion about design and innovation in the automotive industry, according to a statement released by the chamber.
Rounding out the panel will be Imre Molnar, dean of the College for Creative Studies, and automotive journalist John McElroy.
The conference is scheduled for May 29-31; Gilles’ session is set for Wednesday, May 30.
Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. will headline a May 31 discussion on urban mobility and global gridlock. The chamber said in the statement that Ford “will also explore the ways Michigan is well-positioned to lead the world in automotive communications innovation and how automakers, technology companies and governments must work together to prevent global gridlock and maximize energy and resources.”
Later that morning, Ford will join the Business Leaders for Michigan panel discussion on a new blueprint for Michigan, the chamber statement said. Other panelists will be Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan; Mike Jandernoa, former chairman and CEO of Allegan-based Perrigo Co.; and Hans-Werner Kaas, director, McKinsey & Co.. The panel will be moderated by Detroit News columnist and Associate Business Editor Daniel Howes.