SAE 2013 Brake Colloquium & Exhibition - 31st Annual

October 6-9, 2013

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Sawgrass Marriott

Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 7

Terry J. Woychowski Terry J. Woychowski
Senior Vice President,
Engineering & Quality
American Axle

Terry J. Woychowski joined AAM on February 18, 2013 as Senior Vice President, Engineering & Quality.

Prior to joining AAM, Woychowski spent more than thirty years with General Motors Company (GM), where he held numerous senior management positions including Vice President, Global Quality & Vehicle Launches, Vice President, Global Vehicle Program Management and Global Chief Engineer Full Size Trucks & Executive Director.

Woychowski began his automotive career with GM in 1978. His earlier roles from 1978-1997 included several Engineering and Manufacturing assignments with increasing scope.

Throughout his career, Woychowski has gained broad global experience and cultural intelligence while running a global business, working with international partners and developing/integrating quality systems across all international markets.

Woychowski received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and attended the Global Executive Development Program at the Duke University School of Business. He was awarded his Doctorate in Business Management, honorus causa, from Indiana Wesleyan University in December 2003.

Tuesday, October 8

Michael Robinet Michael Robinet
Managing Director
IHS Automotive Consulting

  • Michael Robinet became Managing Director of the IHS Automotive Consulting in late 2011. From March 2010 until 2011, Michael served as the Director of Global Production Forecasts for IHS. From its establishment in 1996 to 2010, he guided the CSM Vehicle Forecast to its position as the industry's largest and most influential service.

  • Michael's core competencies include global vehicle production and capacity forecasting; future product program intelligence; platform consolidation and globalization trends, trade flow/sourcing strategies and OEM footprint /logistics trends.

  • Michael holds an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Windsor. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Automotive Press Association (APA), and a board member of both the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and the Canada-US Business Association (CUSBA).

Industry Experience
  • Global Vehicle Sales & Production Forecasting
  • Vehicle Flow/Sourcing & Capacity Analysis
  • Trade and Competitive Issues
  • Locational Dynamics and Mandate Targeting

Critical Experience

Panama Canal Vehicle Shipping Forecast Lead.
Mr. Robinet has designed and comanaged the Vehicle Production Forecasting and Source Linking portion of the ACP (Panama Canal Authority) core forecast database. With an internal team of IHS colleagues from the transport, IT and energy divisions, Michael designed the forecast data logic and interaction to drive greater accuracy for ACP. This complete forecast redesign was unique and groundbreaking it is approach - delivering greater value for the customer.

Canadian Government Production Strategy Expert.
In 2009-10, the Canadian Government negotiated with bankruptcy restructuring teams at GM and Chrysler to structure loan and product mandate covenants. Mr. Robinet served as the external consultant to the Industry Canada team - advising on optimal strategy to maximize longterm prospects for Canada's vehicle and powertrain manufacturing capability. Michael's analysis spurred an 'insert' into the final agreement which assured new powertrain investment at a major OEM's Canadian engine manufacturing facility. He frequently is consulted for strategy and recommendations of the world's vehicle production footprint.

Global OEM Manufacturing Footprint Study.
A global OEM engaged CSM Worldwide (later purchased by IHS) to conduct a Global Production Footprint and Sourcing Linkage Study. Mr. Robinet was the project lead and database designer for this engagement which analyzed global sales, production footprint, logistics and sourcing linkages to aid the client in understanding optimal foot print strategies. Competitive benchmarks were established for the OEM with respect to optimal structures and future shifts requiring attention.

Vehicle Flow Studies (Major RO-RO Shipper).
Mr. Robinet managed three successive projects to analyze vehicle flows over a twenty year forecast horizon for a major Europebased customer. He designed, built and maintained a database to forecast vehicle flows between over a dozen global markets, by segment, for the top 20 Global OEMs from over 50 countries. He worked with this client to identify emerging trends, opportunities and threats over the forecast horizon. Industry Experience