Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual CAR-Symposium, which will take place in Bochum, Germany, January 26-27, 2011.

The annual conference, which is organized by CAR Center Automotive Research, will focus on “Innovations and profitable growth.” The two-day event will feature an Automotive Career Day on January 26, followed by the actual CAR-Symposium on the 27th.

In addition to Zetsche, Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster  will discuss the Indian carmaker’s global plans. And Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler, co-owner of the Schaeffler group, will talk about the advantages of companies that are run by their owners.

On the first conference day, BMW Head of Personnel Harald Krueger and his counterpart at Deutsche Telekom, Thomas Sattelberger, will address human-resources issues.

The CAR Center Automotive Research is a non-profit research organization affiliated with the University of Duisburg-Essen. It  looks in particular at the economic interrelationships and actions of the global auto industry.

CAR, headed by Professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, has organized the CAR-Symposium every year since 2001. In 2010, 900 participants attended the event, which has, over the years, featured many key auto industry players as speakers. Among them are BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, Frank Stronach, founderof Magna, and former MAN CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

More information (in German) about this year’s Car Symposium can be found here.