Vice Presidents of Global Purchasing Panel

The transformation of the global automotive industry is well under way and is shaped by three key forces: electric vehicles and alternative powertrains; connected and autonomous vehicles; and on-demand mobility services. These areas of focus are spearheading change in an industry that hasn’t seen this level of transformation in more than a century. Sectors are being disrupted and new markets are emerging, which is creating ground-floor opportunities for African American suppliers and the OEMs with whom they engage. Those enterprises that experience the greatest success moving forward will likely be those that truly understand the impact and timing of disruption and seize the right emerging opportunities.

This panel will provide a platform for substantive conversations about how OEMs intend to continue building on the positive momentum of partnering with African American organizations and the ways in which the expansive transformation of EVs will offer entry point opportunities. 

  Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  Room: South Ballroom
  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

PANEL THEME: “Exploring The Intersection of EV Expansion and Opportunities For African Americans”

Ralph G. Moore: President – Ralph G. Moore & Associates

Mike Lapham: Vice President, Procurement – Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC
Jeffrey Morrison: Vice President, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain – General Motors
Robert Young: Group Vice President, Purchasing Supplier Development – Toyota Motor North America, Inc.