North American International Auto Show Adds Beth Chappell as Director of Special Programs

Beth Chappell, former president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Club, has joined the North American International Auto Show as director of special programs to improve the AutoMobili-D speaker roster.
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Beth Chappell
Beth Chappell has been appointed director of special programs for NAIAS. // Photo courtesy of the North American International Auto Show

Beth Chappell, former president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Club, has joined the North American International Auto Show as director of special programs to improve the AutoMobili-D speaker roster.

Chappell will focus on building the show’s current AutoMobili-D speaking program with mobility experts, which includes thought leaders from government entities, financial and investment agencies, automakers, and suppliers.

“Beth is a proven leader and a well-respected professional among executives in the industry,” says Rod Alberts, executive director of NAIAS. “With her decades of experience, Beth will help the show attract the top minds and industry disrupters to Detroit in June. Our speakers and symposiums will be heard by thousands of media and industry members from around the world, and Beth will help draw the best of the best.”

Prior to the partnership with NAIAS, Chappell was owner and co-founder of RediMinds, a data strategy and consulting company she recently sold. Until November 2017, Chappell served as president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Club for 15 years and is credited with rebuilding it into one of the nation’s premier speaking venues. In that role, she regularly interacted with significant business, government, academic .and other leaders across the nation and the globe.

“I am honored and excited to work with the NAIAS,” says Chappell. “Our goal is to help Michigan build upon its leadership role in the global mobility space by bringing prominent voices and insights to the show. The NAIAS already attracts a global audience. Enhancing the AutoMobili-D thought leadership component will really up our game on the world stage.”

Chappell sits on the boards of American Axle and Manufacturing Corp., Citizen’s Research Council, the DEC, the Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Zoo, Michigan/Israel Business Alliance, MSU Southeast Michigan Campaign Cabinet, and The Parade Company.

NAIAS media credentials and industry preview day tickets will be available in early 2020. Speaker applications will open in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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