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Meet the 2016 ANE Eurostars
The executives chosen as 2016 Eurostars have soared above their rivals by exceeding expectations. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has Mercedes-Benz poised to overtake BMW brand as the world’s top-selling premium carmaker four years ahead of schedule, regaining the title Mercedes lost in 2005. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson has guided the Swedish automaker to new sales records and has boosted its profit margin to the same level achieved by its much bigger rivals from Germany. Ford of Europe President Jim Farley ended the U.S. automaker’s years of losses in Europe in 2015 and in the April-June period his team set a new record for second-quarter pre-tax profit. And the strong personality Agneta Dahlgren has given to the designs of Renault’s compact vehicles is a big reason why Renault has risen one place to become Europe’s No. 2-selling brand after Volkswagen. The other 10 Eurostars, who were chosen by the editors of Automotive News Europe, have achieved equally impressive results. Automotive News Europe and PwC will honor the winners in Paris.

GROUP CEO
Dieter Zetsche


TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: Daimler
BASED: Stuttgart, Germany
AGE: 63
NATIONALITY: German

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Germany's longest serving auto executive joined the company's management board in early 1997, when it was still known as Daimler-Benz. He took over as head of former Daimler subsidiary Chrysler in 2000. Zetsche started his current job in January 2006.

REASON FOR WINNING Zetsche has dramatically improved Daimler’s profitability with his 2 billion euro cost-cutting program. He has also been the driving force behind Mercedes-Benz’s successful product revamp. With a more stylish A class, the arrival of the GLA compact crossover and a bevy of popular S-class derivatives, Mercedes is on track to recapture the title of world's best-selling premium automaker from BMW this year for the first time since 2005. Zetsche had promised to meet that target by 2020. In addition, Mercedes nearly met Zetsche's 10 percent operating margin target for last year.

GROUP CEO
Dieter Zetsche
GROUP CEO <br>Dieter Zetsche
SUPPLIER CEO
Jacques Aschenbroich
SUPPLIER CEO  <br>Jacques Aschenbroich
CFO
Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon
CFO <br> Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon
DESIGN
Agneta Dahlgren
DESIGN <br>Agneta Dahlgren
PROJECT LEADER INDIVIDUAL CAR
Uwe Ernstberger
PROJECT LEADER  INDIVIDUAL CAR <br>Uwe Ernstberger
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS HEAD
Jim Farley
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS HEAD <br>Jim Farley
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Joachim Milberg
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT <br>Joachim Milberg
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Peter Mertens
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT <br>Peter Mertens
CONNECTED CAR
Christoph Grote
CONNECTED CAR <br>Christoph Grote
SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Andy Goss
SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE <br>Andy Goss
SUPERLUXURY CEO
Mike Flewitt
SUPERLUXURY CEO <br>Mike Flewitt
CAR DIVISION CEO
Hakan Samuelsson
CAR DIVISION CEO <br>Hakan Samuelsson
SUPPLIER DIVISION CEO
Phil Swash
SUPPLIER DIVISION CEO <br>Phil Swash
MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE
Andreas Tostmann
MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE <br>Andreas Tostmann
 
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