Volvo Trucks North America, Inc. president & CEO Peter Karlsten has agreed to serve as executive chair of the 2005 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition. The event is slated from Nov. 1 to 3 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.

“Peter’s connection to the global trucking industry and Volvo’s product lines…will greatly enhance the value of this event,” said Herb Kaufman, director of SAE’s Commercial Vehicles Business.

The event, which serves as a forum for industry leaders, last year had over 3,000 attendees and 165 exhibitors.