Marie-Christine Caubet of Renault is the fifth Automotive News Europe Woman of the Year.
Past winners have gone on to even greater glory.
For example, 1997 winner Anne Asensio of Renault - who designed the Renault Scenic concept car - is now director, brand character development, at General Motors in the USA.
Rose Mary Farenden, project leader on the Ford Focus, and the 1998 Woman of the Year, is now Ford's director of global salaried recuriting.
On the three pages we profile Marie-Christine Caubet as well as four other women in the auto industry who have distinguished themselves in the past year: Ulla-Britt Frajdin-Hellqvist of Volvo; Paola Mensa of Pininfarina; Barbara Kux of Ford Motor Co.; and Mary Jo Gresens of Germany's Schaeffler group.
1999: Magda Salarich, Citroen
1998: Rose Mary Farenden, Ford
1997: Anne Asensio, Renault
1996: Gerrit Huy, Daimler-Benz