Leading professional services firm Cap Gemini Ernst & Young today announced that its fourth annual Automotive Innovation Forum titled "Managing Innovation" will be held June 13 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, Mich.

The annual forum, where the best practices of many of the automobile supplier industry's most innovative companies are shared, is an outgrowth of the prestigious Automotive News PACE(TM) (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contributions to Excellence) Awards, jointly presented by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Automotive News.

Managing Innovation speakers will share with attendees how they developed the strategies and corporate cultures to foster award-winning innovations in their respective companies. Forum speakers will present their experiences, successes and lessons in generating, evaluating and incorporating innovation to seize opportunities, raise the performance bar and consistently compete effectively.

The agenda for the half-day forum will include discussion of the following:

  • Organization, culture and innovation

  • New models for innovation

  • Innovation and technology strategy


  • Dave Sanders, Vice President, Global Automotive Consulting, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and Peter Brown, Automotive News' Executive Editor and Associate Publisher will present opening remarks.

    Featured speakers include:


    * Donald L. Runkle, Executive Vice President, Delphi Automotive and
    President of the Dynamics and Propulsion Sector, Delphi Automotive
    * Jeff Trimmer, Director Operations and Strategy, Procurement and Supply,
    DaimlerChrysler
    * Rudy Ruggles, Innovation Research Leader, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
    Center for Business Innovation
    * Richard Zahren, Vice President Automotive Coatings, PPG Industries
    * Dr. Karl Rink, Manager Compressed Gas Research, Autoliv ASP


    The forum begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. Closing remarks are at 12 noon. There is no fee. To register call Nicole Coury of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young at 313-628-8891. (Note to Editors: News media should call Adrienne Lenhoff at 248-350-2190.)

    Automotive News and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young are co-presenters and sponsors of the PACE Award program. Now in its seventh year, the PACE Awards are dedicated to promoting product, manufacturing and service innovation achievements of automotive suppliers of all sizes. For profiles of previous PACE winners, visit the PACE web site at www.cgey.ey.com/pace . For more information call 800-816-PACE.

    Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is one of the largest management and IT consulting firms in the world and is publicly traded on the Paris Bourse. The company offers management and IT consulting services, systems integration, and technology development, design and outsourcing capabilities on a global scale to help traditional businesses and "dot companies" continue to explore growth strategies in the new economy. The newly formed organization employs more than 57,000 people worldwide and reports global revenues of 7.7 billion euros (1999). More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at www.capgemini.com .

    Automotive News began publishing as Automotive Daily News on August 25, 1925. It became a weekly in June 1938 and was purchased by Crain Communications in 1971. Since then, the Automotive News editorial staff has grown to more than 50 reporters and editors with bureau offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Nashville, London and Tokyo. The newsweekly provides in-depth coverage of the auto industry and is written for original equipment manufacturers, their franchised dealers and suppliers. Automotive News' circulation is over 81,000, and is the only 100% paid publication in the industry. In 1996, Automotive News Europe debuted as a separate fortnightly publication for pan-European news. In 1998, Crain Communications purchased Automotive International, published today as Automotive News International, a magazine for global automotive executives. For more information visit www.automotivenews.com .