Manufacturing Executives to Convene for the Global 2012 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Manufacturing Executive, the global community for manufacturing leadership, has announced that the eighth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit will convene April 29-May 2, 2012, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit is an invitation-only event that enables senior manufacturing executives to network and share lessons learned. Through the event's 2012 theme, "The Future Manufacturer: Change the Rules, Rule the Future," the Summit will explore the ways manufacturing organizations must change to meet the demands of the future. These include leadership mandates for managing in an increasingly dynamic global market; the impact of greater collaboration on decision-making processes; new business models centered on work and production; build-to-demand supply chains; advanced workforce skills; and the megatrends of social media, mobility, and cloud computing.

One-on-one networking meetings, group discussions, and social activities such as the VIP Golf Tournament will provide ample opportunities for attendees to interact, all set against the backdrop of The Breakers' spectacular 140-acre beachfront property.

The Summit will culminate with the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, at which Manufacturing Enterprise Communications honors the top 100 groundbreaking companies in the industry. 2012 also marks the expansion of the ML100 program to include four new individual leadership achievement awards spanning entrepreneurship, next-generation leadership and culture, turnaround success, and industry advocacy. ML100 Award nominations are being accepted until Nov. 18. Learn more about the ML100 Awards and the nomination process at:

Several key Summit speakers have been confirmed, including John Fleming, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Co.; Carlos Cardoso, CEO, Kennametal; Steve St. Angelo, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A. and Chairman, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and Mississippi; Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group; Mike Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer, NIST; and Carol Williams, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing & Engineering Division, Dow Chemical.

Among the sponsors of the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership Summit are Apriso, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, IQMS, Kepware Technologies, Microsoft Dynamics, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Oracle, and Plex Systems.

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