Celebrating Europe's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.
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The future of the European automotive industry looks bright because of the strength of the young executives who are making huge strides forward. Automotive News Europe will honor 18 of these talented executives in Paris on June 12.

From automakers to suppliers, manufacturing to design, logistics to purchasing, each Rising Star has spearheaded change and made progress up the career ladder.

"These 18 individuals show the incredible level of talent that exists in the automotive industry. The winners distinguished themselves and earned the Rising Star award because they have achieved so much already," Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri said.

Selected from more than 150 nominations, the 2013 Rising Stars are:

• Eduardo Munoz – Jaguar Land Rover – Aftersales & Service

• Jay Ward – Ford of Europe – Communications

• Marc Girard – BMW – Design

• Nick Collins – Ford of Europe – Engineering

• Paul Fratter – Ford of Europe – Finance

• Marcus Cox – Opel/Vauxhall – Finance

• Filiz Albrecht – Mann + Hummel – Human Resources

• Daniel Mueller – Kia Motors Europe – Information Technology

• David Cox – Motortrak – General Management

• John Stech – Volvo Cars Russia – General Management

• Xavier Dupont – Valeo – General Management

• Peter Domeney – Jaguar Land Rover – Manufacturing

• Panayiotis Pitsikos – Autostop – Manufacturing

• Matthias Weitzel – Magna Exteriors & Interiors – Marketing

• Darren Cox – Nissan – Marketing

• Kevin Williams – Dana – Purchasing

• Adrian Porter – Automotive Resources International – Sales

• Ian Hucker – Opel/Vauxhall – Sales

A Rising Star is an automotive executive with a pan-European profile who has driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions. To qualify, candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience, have multiple language skills and be 45 years or younger. Nominations are accepted from carmakers, suppliers, automotive service providers and retail/aftersales businesses.

Profiles of each Rising Star award winner and information on the awards gala dinner in Paris are available by clicking here.

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