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2011 AMI International Meat, Poultry and Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition Unveils General Session Speakers

Friday, July 30, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

Two renowned leaders with global insights will headline general sessions at the 2011 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition, to be held April 13-16, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.

Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), will headline the first general session, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, from at 10:30 a.m. Hayden will discuss the political situations in the hot spots in every corner of the world, analyze the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for the American people and America’s interests.

After nearly forty years in the U.S. Air Force, General Hayden became director of the CIA in May of 2006, capping a career in service to the United States. Originally appointed by President Bill Clinton to the post of director of the National Security Agency (NSA), General Hayden became the longest-tenured NSA director, serving from 1999-2005.

Carlos Gutierrez, former CEO and chairman of the board at Kellogg Company and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is scheduled to address attendees during the second general session on Friday, Friday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. Gutierrez will share with attendees the challenges facing global business and the ways in which leadership, diversity, innovation, values, and education are integral to international success.

In 2005, he was tapped by President George W. Bush to be the 35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. During his tenure as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Gutierrez made it a top priority to open global markets for U.S. companies, ensuring continuous innovation and competition to build a stronger American economy. Resuming his international outreach, now in the service of his country, he regularly traveled to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote U.S. exports.

Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of CAFTA-DR, a landmark agreement that strips away trade barriers, expands export opportunities and boosts hope and opportunity throughout Latin America.

For more information on the 2011 AMI Expo, go to http://www.amiexpo.com/.

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