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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.

CONNECTED CAR
Christoph Grote


Title: Senior Vice President Electronics
Company: BMW
BASED: Munich, Germany
Age: 49
Nationality: German

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Started in 1997 as an in-house consultant at BMW before taking on various responsibilities including fuel cell technology and batteries. He managed the series development of information and communications systems from 2004 until 2009, when he was named vice president for strategy and innovation within BMW’s development arm. He took over his current position this year.

REASON FOR WINNING Grote has been successfully imagining what the mobility needs of premium car buyers will be in the future. The theoretical physicist helped to bring many of the high-end connectivity and convenience features offered in the current 7-series flagship to market. This includes a system that recognizes hand gestures that can be used to decline a call or make the radio volume higher, as well as the ability to park the 7 series from outside the car using a key fob.

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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