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The executives chosen as 2014 Eurostars have risen above the competition by topping expectations.
Dieter Zetsche has given new life to Mercedes-Benz, which is on course to shatter its sales records because of a gutsy and aggressive move into the compact segment.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has guided the British premium brand to new sales and earnings records.
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy has returned the once-struggling unit to profit while also gaining more autonomy from his bosses at headquarters.
Maserati design boss Marco Tencone has penned a string of hits such as the Quattroporte and Ghibli that have helped double sales. The other 10 Eurostars, who were chosen by the editors of Automotive News Europe, have achieved equally impressive results in the face of challenges.

GROUP CEO
Dieter Zetsche

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Dieter Zetsche, Chairman/CEO, Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Cars


TITLE: Chairman/CEO
COMPANY: Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Cars
BASED: Stuttgart, Germany
AGE: 61
NATIONALITY: German

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Has led Daimler since 2006 and the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division since 2005. Joined Daimler’s research division in 1974 and served as Chrysler chairman and CEO from 1999 until 2007.

REASON FOR WINNING: His bold move to aggressively increase Mercedes’ compact lineup is paying off. Strong demand for compacts such as the CLA sedan and GLA SUV pushed Mercedes’ sales above 1 million in the first eight months, a 12 percent gain on the year before, and helped the automaker gain ground on BMW and Audi. In addition, the high-tech S-class flagship, which can drive itself at speeds up to 60kph, has helped increase margins and boost the brand’s image. The success has given traction to Zetsche’s aim to make Mercedes the top-selling premium automaker by 2020.




GROUP CEO
Dieter Zetsche
GROUP CEO <br>Dieter Zetsche
BRAND CEO
Ralf Speth
BRAND CEO <br>Ralf Speth
SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE
Bruno G. Renhult
SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE <br>Bruno G. Renhult
DESIGN EXECUTIVE
Marco Tencone
DESIGN EXECUTIVE <br>Marco Tencone
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS CEO
Didier Leroy
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS CEO <br>Didier Leroy
SUPPLIER CEO
Guglielmo Fiocchi
SUPPLIER CEO <br>Guglielmo Fiocchi
PURCHASING EXECUTIVE
Klaus Zehender
PURCHASING EXECUTIVE <br>Klaus Zehender
PROJECT LEADER
Stewart Callegari
PROJECT LEADER <br>Stewart Callegari
MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE
Martin Kahmeyer
MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE <br>Martin Kahmeyer
SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Luca de Meo
SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE <br>Luca de Meo
SUPPLIER DIVISION CEO
Heinz-Gerhard Wente
SUPPLIER DIVISION CEO <br>Heinz-Gerhard Wente
EMERGING MARKET EXECUTIVE
Gregoire Olivier
EMERGING MARKET EXECUTIVE <br>Gregoire Olivier
ENTREPRENEUR
Elon Musk
ENTREPRENEUR <br>Elon Musk
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Herbert Diess
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE <br>Herbert Diess
 
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