General Motors Company’s new CEO, Fritz Henderson, will be delivering the keynote speech at the 2009 LA Auto Show press preview days. It will be the first stateside show during the auto show season and will be held in December.
We’re hoping that GM has something interesting to show us at LA this year. If not we’ll just sit there during Motor Press Guild breakfast on December, and listen to Fritz go on about how GM will become a viable company and how the Volt will get 230 mpg.
On a side note, we’d much rather listen to Bob Lutz. No hard feelings Fritz.
Click through for the press release.
GM President & CEO Fritz Henderson to Open the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days as Keynote Speaker
LOS ANGELES – Sept 2, 2009 – Frederick (Fritz) Henderson, president and chief executive officer of General Motors, will kick off the Los Angeles Auto Show by delivering the Motor Press Guild (MPG) keynote address the morning of Dec. 2, 2009. The MPG breakfast and Henderson’s address are open to all credentialed Press Days attendees. A Q&A session will be part of the presentation.
Henderson was elected GM president and chief executive officer in March 2009. Prior to that, he had been GM president and chief operating officer since March 2008. He was vice chairman and chief financial officer from January 2006 to March 2008.
“Mr. Henderson is one of the most influential automotive executives in the world, at a critical time in the history of the transportation industry,” said Matt Stone, MPG keynote address committee chairman and executive editor of Motor Trend. “Expect to hear his vision of what the car business, and a reborn GM, has in store as we near 2010.”
Henderson started his career at GM as a senior analyst in 1984 and was promoted to several positions of increasing responsibility before becoming GMAC group vice president of finance in Detroit in 1992. He went on to serve as president of GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East, president of GM Asia Pacific, and chairman of GM Europe.
This will be the 11th year that the MPG breakfast has opened the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days. MPG is comprised of approximately 800 automotive journalists and public relations professionals nationwide, making it the largest automotive press association in the country.
The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show will be held in the fall for the fourth consecutive year. The dates are Dec. 2-3 for press and Dec. 4-13 for the public. Media registration opens Sept. 14 http://www.laautoshow.com/Press.html. The Los Angeles Auto Show has been growing in stature as an international auto show since it changed its dates. This year, the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the world automobile trade association, has officially named the Los Angeles Auto Show as one of its sanctioned international exhibitions.
– By: Omar Rana