Recent News


Contact: Mark Bilek

Senior Director of Communications and Technology
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6082
Cell: (847) 652-0632

Contact: Jennifer Morand
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6084
Cell: (630) 391-1986



CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2020)- Cody Thacker, head of electrification for Audi of America, will be the keynote speaker at the Economic Club of Chicago (ECC) Luncheon during the Media Preview of the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. Thacker leads the team whose mission is to ready the organization for electric vehicles and other emerging automotive trends.

“Audi has always been known for progress through technology, and today, progress means helping create a more sustainable future for our customers. That’s why Audi’s future is electric,” said Thacker. “By 2025, we’ve made the
commitment that 30 percent of Audi’s U.S. volume will be made up of plug-in hybrid and fully electric models, including the brand’s first fully electric vehicle—the Audi e-tron SUV—that will be on display. Our goal is to ensure consumers can go electric with confidence and without compromise in true Audi fashion.”

Thacker and his team are focused on identifying relevant technology and EV ecosystem partners, promoting partnerships that are meaningful to the Audi electric vehicle customer, and developing future business models and mobility offers for deployment within the Audi network. Additionally, Thacker is responsible for developing infrastructure to facilitate the sales and service of electric vehicles within Audi’s network of retail dealers.

The ECC Luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show is a cornerstone event of the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. Past speakers include Bill Ford, Dan Ammann, Jim Press, Henrik Fisker, Ralph Gilles, Jonathan Browning, José Muñoz and Yoshi Inaba. Last year, Jaguar Land Rover North America President and CEO Joachim Eberhardt was the guest speaker at the ECC Luncheon. At that event, Eberhardt introduced the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Founded in 1927 to serve as a forum for Chicago’s business community, the ECC is one of Chicago’s finest business groups and has had a decade-long association with the Chicago Auto Show. The ECC has grown to become a premier institution, providing elite members of the business world with a platform to express and discuss economic, business and social issues.

The ECC Luncheon will take place at noon on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place (S100). It is open to all media attending the Media Preview. Tickets are required and may be requested in the Chicago Auto Show Media Center.



About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit


Back to News