Seventeen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars in the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. The eighth annual Rising Stars awards recognize fast-climbing leaders who are already taking big steps forward in the industry. From automakers to suppliers, manufacturing to connected cars, engineering to sales, each Rising Star has spearheaded change and made progress up the career ladder.
A number of this year's winners stood out because they are at the forefront of the automotive industry's rapid shift toward connected vehicles that rely on electricity for all or some of their propulsion and are capable of driving themselves all or part of the time.
Luigi Ksawery Luca was recently promoted by Toyota Europe to be its mobility and connected car director. He told Automotive News Europe the job has been a real eye-opener. "I feel like I have entered a new dimension of this business where disruption rules," he said. "What I know so far is that we need to identify a winning business model and incorporate it."
Faurecia's David Oliveira also has taken on a new job. He is now the French supplier's deputy vice president of advanced sales and marketing. "My new challenges include playing an active part in the transformation of the company," he told ANE. "I have to anticipate new mobility trends by creating value for our customers and enhancing end-user experiences. I must also push for agility and innovation to achieve a faster time to market."