Economic Club of Chicago Luncheon
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
During the two-day media preview of the Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler Vice Chairman and President Jim Press will be welcomed to the stage of the Economic Club of Chicago Luncheon. Press will address those attending the luncheon held in the Vista Ballroom of McCormick Place at noon on Feb. 12.
Formerly the Toyota Motor North America President and Chief Operating Officer, Press joined Chrysler in September of 2007. Currently, as Vice Chairman and President, he is responsible for North American sales, international sales, global marketing, product strategy, service and repairs for Chrysler LLC. Press joined Chrysler after 37 years at Toyota where he served as the first non-Japanese president of Toyota Motor North America. At Toyota, Press was responsible for sales, engineering and the company’s 15 manufacturing plants with more than 41,000 North American employees.
Press is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, an organization that began in1927 to identify young leaders within Chicago’s civic and business community. For more than seven decades, membership of the club has reflected the changing economic scene – through depression, recession, war and peace. The club also represents the commitment of Chicago business and professional leaders. Past speakers of the Economic Club of Chicago during the two-day media preview of the Chicago Auto Show have included Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Bill Ford; General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner; and Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Tom LaSorda.
Free shuttles will constantly operate from two of the Chicago Auto Show’s official hotels, the Fairmont Chicago and Swissôtel Chicago, beginning at 7 a.m. Tickets are required to attend this event and are limited to credentialed media and industry executives.