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May 15th Event to Provide Access to OEM Purchasing Executives of Six Leading Automakers

The Society of Automotive Analysts’ (SAA) 9th Annual OEM Purchasing Summit will allow supplier executives and other attendees to have unique and rare access to purchasing executives and members of their staffs.  The event will take place May 15, 2018 at Faurecia North America in Auburn Hills, Mich.  

John Henke, Ph.D., president and CEO of Planning Perspectives, will open the event by presenting results of the 2018 North American Automotive OEM-Tier 1 Supplier Working Relations Index Study. The purchasing executives will then give their thoughts on the study and reveal how their companies are working to improve supplier relations. OEM purchasing executives include:

  • Randall Anderson, General Manager, Purchasing and Supplier Relations, Toyota Motor NA
  • Sig Huber, Director, Global Supplier Relations and Risk Management, FCA Global
  • Robert Kinchen, Director, Facilities/Services and Administration Purchasing, Nissan NA
  • Tom Lake, Vice President, North American Purchasing, Honda of America Manufacturing
  • Jay Moore, Executive Director, Global Purchasing Strategy and Operations, Ford Motor Co.
  • Chris Nageli, Executive Director, Global Product Purchasing, General Motors

The Summit commences at 7:30 a.m. with a networking breakfast; speakers begin at 8:15 a.m.  A Plante Moran executive will provide insights and moderate the panel of the purchasing executives. The event is sponsored by FACTON and aPrioroi with Faurecia serving as the host sponsor.

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Source: Caixin

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Source: The Globe and Mail

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Changing Liability Issues in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles


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SAA Thanks its Sponsors

The SAA would like to thanks its corporate sponsors.  Please visit their sites and learn how they can help your company.

Pante Moran – Click here for more information

Conway MacKenzie– Click here for more information

IHS Markit– Click here for more information

Aluminum Blanking Company– Click here for more information

Canadian Consulate General – Click here for more information

aPriori – Click here for more information

LMC Automotive – Click here for more information

ArcelorMittal – Click here for more information

Aon – Click here for more information

WardsAuto – Click here for more information

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