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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.

CAR DIVISION CEO
Hakan Samuelsson


TITLE: President & CEO
COMPANY: Volvo Car Group
BASED: Gothenburg, Sweden
AGE: 65
NATIONALITY: Swedish

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Samuelsson joined Volvo as president and CEO in October 2012. He took over after serving about two years as an independent member of the automaker’s board of directors. Samuelsson’s nearly 40 years of automotive experience includes serving as chairman and CEO at Volkswagen Group truck unit MAN SE from 2005 to 2009.

REASON FOR WINNING Volvo has been on a winning streak since Samuelsson arrived. Last year the automaker sold a record of 503,127 vehicles, which easily exceeded its previous best of 466,000 cars set in 2014. Samuelsson expects to set another sales record in 2016 as Volvo gets closer to his goal of boosting annual worldwide volume to 800,000 vehicles as soon as 2020. Financially, Volvo’s first-half operating margin tripled to 6.7 percent, putting it ahead of the 6.4 percent margin achieved by Mercedes-Benz’s car division.

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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