June 16, 2009 11:00 ET

Stephen Polk to Provide China Automotive Market Insight at Conference

SOUTHFIELD, MI--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Stephen Polk, chairman, president and chief executive officer of R. L. Polk & Co., will keynote's "China: Key Strategies for Succeeding in its Auto Industry" conference on June 18. The conference will address important issues surrounding the expansion of the automotive industry in the Chinese market and how companies can succeed in their efforts.

Polk will be discussing several items of importance to companies wishing to conduct or conducting business in China, including the impact of the global financial situation on the market, the government-offered automotive stimulus package and its impact in the region, current OEM market share in China, demographic and regional variances and Polk's new car market forecast for China.

"China's recent increase in auto sales has been primarily due to the central part of the country which has seen a 38.4 percent year over year growth in the first four months of 2009," said Polk. "With the rapid growth of the automotive industry in China, it is extremely important for executives to review and understand the regional trends while seeking to build their business in the region," he continued.

"Stephen's exemplary leadership and knowledge of the global automotive industry will be a great asset to the conference," said Ron Hesse, president and chief executive officer of "We are pleased to host him as our keynote speaker for the event and are confident attendees will benefit from his presentation on the China market."

The conference also will include presentations on numerous topics including tax planning for China operations, leadership recruitment and cultural challenges of doing business in China. The conference will take place at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18. For additional details and registration information, please visit

About R. L. Polk & Co.

R. L. Polk & Co. is the premier provider of automotive information and marketing solutions. Polk collects and interprets global data, and provides extensive automotive business expertise to help customers understand their market position, identify trends, build brand loyalty, conquest new business and gain a competitive advantage. Polk helps automotive manufacturers and dealers, automotive aftermarket companies, finance and insurance companies, advertising agencies, media companies, consulting organizations, government agencies and market research firms make good business decisions. A privately held global firm, Polk is based in Southfield, Mich. with operations in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit

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Contact Information

    Michelle Culver
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