It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. Past winners Olivier Rabiller, Thomas Mueller and Bernard Bradley have made big career moves within the last six weeks.
Rabiller has been named president and CEO of Honeywell's Transportation Systems division, which means he becomes arguably the most important executive in the industry's turbocharging sector, which is growing in importance because of the pressure automakers face to downsize engines to meet tougher emissions standards.
Honeywell is a powerhouse in this sector where Rabiller, 46, has vast experience. He has spent the last two years leading the turbo-focused division's activities in China, India and Brazil. Prior to that the 2015 Rising Star winner was head of the unit's global aftermarket business. Rabiller, who is a French national, joined Honeywell in 2002 after spending seven years at Renault.
Mueller, who was also part of the 2015 Rising Stars class, is moving to Audi to become its next head of electrics/electronics. Starting in December he will lead the development of digital solutions that will make Audi's cars more connected and autonomous. Mueller, 45, spent three and a half years at Volvo where he rose to vice president of electrics/electronics & chassis last year after playing a key role in the development of the new plug-in hybrid powertrain offered in the award-winning XC90 premium SUV.
Audi said it picked Mueller for the job because the German national "is a proven expert in the areas of automotive electrics and electronics and will continue to advance the digitization and networking of our products."
Bradley's new job, which he starts in September, is outside the automotive world. The former global sales chief at Volvo will be senior vice president of sightholder sales for diamond company DeBeers. Bradley was a Rising Star winner in 2012 when he was leading sales at Kia Europe. He will be based in Gaborone, Botswana, for DeBeers.
In a statement to announce the move, Bradley, a South African-born British national, said: "The opportunity to join De Beers was one I simply couldn't turn down."