2021 Manufacturing & Automotive Industry Summit

On Wednesday, September 15th Marsh McLennan held its 2021 Manufacturing & Automotive Summit.

This year's theme was resiliency and how manufacturing and automotive companies can thrive on the road ahead.

Over 300 attendees heard from Marsh McLennan President and CEO Dan Glaser and renowned key note speaker Dr. Vivienne Ming who addressed technology and innovation, including AI in the manufacturing and auto industries and the opportunities and challenges they present.

Attendees also heard from industry expert panels and fireside chats featuring Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Aptiv.

See below for a recap of the agenda and to view a replay of the webinar.


  • Welcome – David Carlson, Marsh US Manufacturing & Automotive Industry Leader
  • Opening Remarks - Dan Glaser, CEO Marsh McLennan “How Marsh McLennan is uniquely positioned to assist clients with challenges across Risk, Strategy and People.”
  • Keynote Speaker - Dr. Vivienne Ming, Founder of Socos Labs will address technology and innovation including AI in the manufacturing and auto industries including the opportunities and challenges they present.
  • Panel Discussion featuring Marsh, Mercer and Oliver Wyman “How manufacturing and automotive companies can navigate the key resiliency challenges they face.”
  • 5 minute break
  • Industry Fireside Chats
    • Al Gier, GM Risk Manager and Tom Reagan, Marsh Cyber Practice leader discuss cyber and the critical impacts on the manufacturing and automotive industry as vehicles and manufacturing become more connected.
    • Ari Papadakos, VP HR Electrical Distribution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Excellence at Aptiv discuss with Mercer how seismic shifts in the automotive industry (ICE to EV and AV) are dramatically impacting the talent and people strategy.
    • Phil Collareno, Executive Director of Global Programs at Ford Motor Company and Oliver Wyman discuss the impacts of climate, sustainability and the increasing disruptions on automotive and manufacturing industries operating models.  
  • Q&A and Close