Bill Russo to Speak on Green Mobility at NextGen Auto International SUmmit China

Shanghai, China, December 11-13, 2012

Messe Frankfurt’s premiere auto industry gathering, NextGen Auto International Summit China, is designed as a truly international thought leadership platform for speakers and delegates to interact, exchange ideas and promote new strategies, collaborations, technologies, services and applications.
Delegates will take away new insights into business development directions and technology innovations that can facilitate a more sustainable and profitable future for OEMs, suppliers and service providers.

High-level contributing speakers include:
Bill RUSSO, President and CEO, Synergistics; Senior Advisor, Booz & Co., China
As a former Chrysler executive in the China and Asia markets, Mr. Russo’s experience has involved successful partnership negotiation agreements, bringing new vehicle programs to market, and establishing sales / distribution infrastructure. He will share his insights on creating a green transportation paradigm for 21st century mobility in China.
Mats HARBORN, Executive Director, Scania China Strategic Center, China
Drawing on his China experience as China Board Member of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), and representing Scania’s operations in China, Mr. Harborn will explore the way forward to greener, cleaner, energy efficient and more productive commercial fleets.
Dr. Gang XU, Partner, PwC’s PRTM Management Consulting, China
Drawing on his extensive automotive experience with Ford Motor, A.T. Kearney and PRTM, Dr. Xu will explore product innovation, platforming, new manufacturing approaches and supply chain needs for the next generation of passenger and commercial vehicles.
Hiroyuki AOKI, Senior Manager, Mobility Technology Group, TEPCO, Japan
Representing TEPCO, initiator of CHAdeMO and rapid charging, Mr. Aoki will highlight plans for the roll-out of infrastructure as well as the future direction of electric mobility for a low carbon economy in Japan.
Klaus PAUR, Global Head of Automotive, Ipsos, China
Mr. Paur is a consumer marketing, advertising and branding specialist in global automotive markets. He will share his insights on telematics, including connectivity needs, consumers’ willingness to pay, as well as its relevance to the consumers purchasing decision of a vehicle.
Allan LARSSON, Vice Chairman and Project Manager, ElBil2020, Sweden
ElBil2020 is a key development project in Stockholm reflecting Sweden’s goal to be a world leader / role model in fossil-fuel free transportation by 2020. Mr. Larsson will detail plans and progress in engaging the whole community for the transition. He is Chairman of the Board of Lund University and a Former Swedish Minister of Finance.
Dr. Tiezheng LI, Automotive Sector Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Co., China
Bringing together substantial industry expertise gained serving in both multinational and Chinese companies with a focus on automotive and energy sectors, Dr. Li will explore the way forward for the electrification of China’s auto industry.
Dr. Anthony THOMSON, Vice President, Qualcomm Europe, UK
Dr. Thomson was founding Chief Executive of HaloIPT (Auckland University’s wireless power initiative) prior to its acquisition by Qualcomm. He will evaluate the global potential for wireless charging infrastructure and innovative applications.
Rick LONGOBART, Fleet, Facilities, and Stores Manager, City of Santa Ana, USA
Recognised as “Fleet Manager of The Year” and representing one of the US Top 100 Fleets, Mr. Longobart has dedicated his career to the quest for safer and greener fleets. He will explain how the telematics services revolution is benefiting municipal governments through carbon footprint reduction, cost efficiencies and increased productivity.
Christian HEEP, Director, Federal Association for eMobility (BEM), Germany
Mr. Heep constantly seeks new ideas and projects to establish electric mobility supported by renewable energy initiatives. He will explore prospects for the electro-mobility transformation under way in Germany and supporting infrastructure initiatives.
Towards the next generation of smart, connected and energy efficient vehicles: Business and technology strategies for success
Who you will meet
Choose from 2 keynote sessions and 9 in-depth tracks covering:
1.Policies, plans and priorities for China’s automotive industry development
2.Adopting new business models and technology innovations
3.Personal mobility and intelligent transportation
4.Commercial vehicles and fleets
5.Connected vehicle technologies and telematics
6.Investment, financing and going global
7.Charging and infrastructure
8.Alternative green fuels and natural gas engines
9.Batteries, energy storage and management solutions
10.Powertrains, regenerative systems and electronic control systems
11.Advanced materials and manufacturing for the next generation
linkView Agenda here. Sessions are bookable separately or as a package.
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30th September for discounted delegate fee

Register on or before 30th September 2012 to qualify for up to a RMB1,000 / USD150+ discount on the summit registration fee. Payment is required to secure the discount.

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Russo PresentationTitle: Towards A Green Automotive Industry 


As the balance of world market and economic power shifts from West to East, China has emerged as the key location in the battle for dominance of the 21st century’s global auto industry. Due to increasing pressure from air pollution, oil consumption and urban congestion, the focus of the country’s auto industry will increasingly switch from internal combustion driven vehicles to alternative propulsion technologies, particularly those powered by electricity. Already many observers believe that the government’s ambitious series of programs and policies designed to accelerate the development of new energy vehicles run over the last decade will lead to the emergence of China as the key location for a global “green” mobility revolution. As this happens, the eventual electrification of the automotive powertrain will transform the automotive industry, and even society itself.

However, these efforts to reinvent transportation will take longer than widely anticipated. Efforts to leapfrog internal combustion engine technologies or to otherwise short-cycle the development of new and advanced mobility technologies will fall short in the short to medium term. Instead, China’s automotive industry will take a longer, more circuitous route towards its objective of finding new energy replacements for gasoline. The government will be a key player in this through its decisions on where resources and research efforts should be directed, what standards should be mandated, and what subsidies and incentives such as tax breaks should be offered. Transformation will occur in stages, with commercial vehicles such as taxi fleets, delivery companies and bus services being the first major users. As this happens, the industry will see the emergence of new business “ecosystems” - ones that bring together a different range of companies from those traditionally involved in the auto sector. These new forms of collaborative partnerships will in turn lead to new business models, very different from those formed in the era of the internal combustion engine.

Key Words: Electric Vehicles, New Energy Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, China, Automotive 


Bill Russo is the Founder and President of Synergistics Limited and a Senior Advisor with Booz & Company. With over 15 years as an automotive executive with Chrysler, including over 8 years of experience in China and Asia, Mr. Russo has worked with numerous global firms in the formulation and implementation of their globalization strategies. His experience in China includes having successfully negotiated agreements with partners and obtained required approvals from the China government to bring 6 new vehicle programs to the market in a 3-year period, as well as establishing an infrastructure for localization and sales/distribution. Mr. Russo has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in New York, and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a highly sought after opinion leader on the development of the automotive industry and the electrification of transportation. 

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