Carmakers Speak Panel

Sponsored by   ESG Automotive
Wednesday, October 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Riverview Ballroom, Cobo Center

Comprising the top electrical engineers from the world's major carmakers, the Carmakers Speak panel is a terrific opportunity to learn where the industry is heading and what carmakers need from suppliers of electrical and electronics parts, software and tools.

Find out which international standards are gaining traction with the OEMs and how those standards affect future electronics buys. Hear a candid discussion of the carmakers' progress toward electrification of the vehicle--what the challenges are and how suppliers can help. These engineers are the gatekeepers of new vehicle technologies, features and functions. The Carmakers Speak panel provides a unique forum for them to share their insights with each other and with the global supplier community.

A perennial Convergence highlight, the panel is organized and moderated by Paul Hansen, publisher of the Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, "the bible of the automotive electronics industry," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Paul M. Hansen Organized and Moderated by:
Paul M. Hansen
The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics

Paul Hansen writes and publishes The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, a newsletter dedicated to researching and identifying technology and business trends in the global automotive electronics industry. The Wall Street Journal recently referred to The Hansen Report as "the bible of automotive electronics."

Mr. Hansen began writing The Hansen Report in 1988 as an outgrowth of his strategy and market research consulting business, Paul Hansen Associates.

Over the past two decades Mr. Hansen has consulted to carmakers, many of the world's leading auto electronics suppliers and to those exploring industry investments.

Drawing on 30-plus years of experience in electrical engineering, marketing, product planning, business and strategy development, Mr. Hansen brings an engineer's and a business manager's perspective to The Hansen Report, as well as a reporter's relentless pursuit of the facts. As a result, The Hansen Report is widely recognized as a reliable, credible source of timely information, and Paul Hansen is widely recognized as one of world's foremost experts on the automotive electronics industry.

He has been a keynote speaker at industry conferences in the States, in Asia and in Europe. His observations and opinions on the auto electronics industry are often quoted by the press. Mr. Hansen regularly develops and moderates a plenary panel discussion for the biennial Convergence conference on automotive electronics, where he has also been a keynote speaker.

Paul Hansen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, a Navy veteran and father of five, Paul now makes his home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


James A. Buczkowski James A. Buczkowski
Director Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Jim Buczkowski is Director Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering at Ford Motor Company. He and his team are responsible for design and application of electrical and electronic systems on Ford North American product programs. He has 27 years with Ford Motor Company including experience in Electronics Design, Electronics Manufacturing, including manufacturing assignments in the U.S and in Spain, Product Development Quality and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Information Technology. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. His hobbies include basketball and volleyball with his daughters, home automation and video production. He lives in Troy Michigan with his wife and their two daughters.

Other Activities:
SAE Motor Vehicle Council - Ford Lead - Electrical Systems Group
USCAR - Ford Lead on the Electrical & Electronics Technical Leadership Council

Michael (Micky) J. Bly Michael (Micky) J. Bly
Executive Director, Global Electrical Systems, Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries
General Motors Company

Mr. Bly is executive director of Vehicle Engineering's Global Electrical Systems, Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries for General Motors. Named to this position in October 2009, Bly oversees the company's development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, which includes the Chevrolet Volt's vehicle integration and battery development.

Previously, he was executive director of Engine Hardware Analysis, Design, Development and Validation.

From 2006 through 2008, Bly was director of Global Hybrid Integration and Controls. He oversaw the teams responsible for the production development of GM's multiple hybrid vehicles, and contributed to the integration work on the Volt. Bly's team of engineers made sure all of the components - from the engine, transmission, brakes and batteries, to the computers and the software that run electronic controls - came together seamlessly. He is particularly proud of the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, which was named Green Car Journal's "Green Car of the Year."

Bly joined GM as a student intern in 1986 and was hired to GM's engineering staff after graduating from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1990. In 2003, he received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In his 19 years at GM, Bly has worked on various powertrain programs in the United States, England and Germany. His first position was in Warren, Mich., as a Powertrain Development and Validation engineer. He held positions of increasing responsibility in the Small Block V8 engine group, including lead development engineer for the iconic Corvette C5 V8 engine group. In 1997, he was transferred to Lotus Cars in Norwich, England, and promoted to Engine Management Systems engineer for GM's highly successful Ecotec L4 - GM's first global four-cylinder engine program. He also was vehicle system engineer for powertrain for the Opel Corsa and Vectra programs at Opel engineering in Russelheim, Germany.

Upon returning to the U.S. in 2000, Bly was appointed engineering group manager for North America Emission Controls Hardware. Two years later, he assumed the role of V6 Calibration System manager at GM's Milford Proving Grounds. In 2003, he was appointed to oversee all technical briefings and staff facilitation on behalf of the GM Powertrain group vice president and continued this work until his appointment overseeing hybrid vehicle integration in 2006.

Bly is GM's key executive for the Georgia Tech university recruiting team and serves as a member of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. He was became a board member for Hughes Research Laboratories in October 2009. Bly also is the co-executive GM lead for EcoCAR, one of North America's premier college automotive engineering competitions that is sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Alan Amici Alan Amici
Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Chrysler Group LLC

Alan Amici was named Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in July 2009. He has responsibility for electrical systems and component engineering, electrical architecture, software development, diagnostics, and validation.

Previously, he held the position of Chief Engineer - Alliance Vehicle Programs. Since first joining the former Chrysler Corporation in 1985 as a Product Engineer, he has held many different positions within the company, including:

  • 2009, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC
  • 2008, Chief Engineer - Alliance Vehicle Programs, Chrysler Group LLC
  • 2007, Director - Vehicle Development - Project D, Chrysler Group LLC
  • 2005, Director - Body and Safety Electronics, Chrysler LLC
  • 2003, Senior Manager - Global Service and Parts - DaimlerChrysler (Stuttgart)
  • 2000, Senior Manager - EE Powertrain & Chassis Systems, DaimlerChrysler
  • 1997, Senior Manager - Resident Engineering - Huntsville (Ala) Electronics Division
  • 1994, Engineering Supervisor - Interior Electrical/Electronics, Jeep Product Team
  • 1992, Senior Engineer - Powertrain Electronics, EE Core
  • 1987, Product Engineer - EE Systems
  • 1985, Product Engineering - Chrysler Institute of Engineering (CIE)

Amici spent two years in Stuttgart, Germany, responsible for Global Diagnostic Strategy development. He received the Walter P Chrysler Award for most outstanding patent and was the Technical Chair of Convergence 2008. He is a member of the SAE Mobility Electronics Council and is active with USCAR.

Amici played collegiate tennis at the University of Kentucky. He enjoys coaching baseball, tennis, and robotics.

Amici earned a master's of business administration degree (1993), a master's of science degree in electrical engineering (1987), and a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering (1985) from the University of Michigan.

He was born in Detroit.

Marc Duval-Destin Marc Duval-Destin
Director for Research and Advanced Engineering

Marc Duval-Destin is PSA peugeot Citroën's Vice President for Research & Advanced Engineering since 1st of July 2009.

He is responsible for developing the Group's strategy concerning technology portfolio, new powertrains and vehicles.

Marc joined PSA Peugeot Citroen in 2001 as Telematic project manager. He was in charge of ITS development and launched in 2002 PSA's original solution for emergency call.

PSA e-call service is currently deployed throughout 9 European countries, and manages successfully 7 different languages between customers and rescue services.

Marc also served in the field of passive safety during 3 years. He was responsible for the design and validation of crash protection for Peugeot and Citroen cars. He led PSA's teams in their effort for deploying the car maker's ambitious policy for occupant and pedestrian protection until 2008.

During the last 2 years, he was in charge of advanced projects for future cars. He was one of the key players of the strong evolutions in car design that PSA engages for meeting its commitments for reducing CO2 emissions.

Marc has a strong background both in Engineering and Physics.

He graduated from Paris Polytechnique school, and the French Space & Aeronautics Engineering school in Toulouse.

He holds a PhD in theoretical physics.

Yoshio Suzuki Yoshio Suzuki
Senior Chief Engineer
Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D center

Mr. Suzuki is senior chief engineer of electrical and electronics systems at Honda R&D Co., LTD. He and his team are responsible in and promote Model Based Development on the powertrain, chassis and body electronics control systems.

He has been working at Honda R&D and Honda motors Co., LTD for 28 years including experience in development of the control method for the engine and transmission control system research and mass-production, designing of the LSI and micro-processor for the control system, and development of the two-legged walking humanoid robot at the fundamental technology research center. He was also in charge of developing and installing the functional inspection system of control units for the vehicle quality line at Honda motors manufacturing plants in the world.

Dr. Michael Würtenberger Dr. Michael Würtenberger
Vice President
ConnectedDrive Infotainment

Professional Experience:
1985 – 1988 Freelancer R&V insurance (software development)
1988 – 1990 Freelancer bts broadcast systems (time and motion studies)
1990 – 1995 GM Europe: third party found (engineering on tire pressure systems, vehicle lateral dynamics)
1995 Start working at BMW
1995 – 1997 Project Manager Telematics
1997 – 1999 Team Leader Multimedia and Speech Recognition
1990 – 2001 Head of Department Architecture Infotainment Systems
2001 – 2003 Head of Department Driver Information & Assistance Systems
2003 – 2007 Vice President Ergonomics and Integration Interior
2007 - 2009 Vice President Electrics, Electronics and Driver Environment since Nov. 2009 Vice President ConnectedDrive, Infotainment