Nineteen top executives have been named as Eurostars by Automotive News Europe.
The 22nd annual Eurostars award recognizes executives who have stood out from their rivals by exceeding expectations.
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess changed the dialog on Europe’s largest automaker by aggressively pushing into the electric era.
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller did what seemed impossible: making the German volume brand profitable after decades of losses.
Kia Europe boss Emilio Herrera has the Korean automaker on pace to keep growing in a declining European market because of strong demand for models such as the Stonic and Sportage crossovers.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös led the launch of the ultraluxury brand’s first SUV, the Cullinan, which has the company on track to set a new all-time sales high in 2019.
The other 15 Eurostars, who were chosen by the editors of Automotive News Europe, have achieved equally impressive results.
The 2019 Eurostars are:
- GROUP CEO -- Herbert Diess -- VW Group CEO
- BRAND CEO -- Michael Lohscheller -- Opel CEO
- EUROPEAN OPERATIONS HEAD -- Emilio Herrera -- Kia Europe COO
- CFO -- Nicolas Peter -- BMW Group Chief Financial Officer
- SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE -- Wayne Anthony Griffiths -- Seat EVP Sales & Marketing
- DESIGN (ENTIRE RANGE) -- Flavio Manzoni -- Ferrari Design Director
- SUPPLIER CEO -- Volkmar Denner -- Robert Bosch CEO
- SUPPLIER DIVISION HEAD -- Helmut Matschi -- Continental Interiors Division President
- SUPERLUXURY CEO -- Torsten Müller-Ötvös -- Rolls-Royce CEO
- PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE -- Henrik Green -- Volvo Chief Technology Officer
- PROJECT LEADER INDIVIDUAL CAR -- Guillaume Clerc -- Peugeot 208 Marketing Executive
- MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE -- Manfred Erlacher -- BMW Regensburg Plant Director
- EV PROJECT LEADER -- Thomas Ulbrich -- VW Brand Board Member for E-Mobility
- DESIGN (INDIVIDUAL MODEL) -- Michael Mauer -- Porsche Head of Style (Porsche 911)
- CONNECTED CAR & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING EXECUTIVE -- Sajjad Khan -- Mercedes Board Member for CASE (Connected/Autonomous/Shared/Electric)
- ELECTRIFICATION (INFRASTRUCTURE) -- Michael Hajesch -- Ionity CEO
- MOBILITY SERVICES -- Olivier Reppert -- ShareNow CEO
- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT -- Dieter Zetsche -- Former Daimler CEO
- SPECIAL RECOGNITION -- Satya Nadella -- Microsoft CEO
For more on the winners, please click here.
Automotive News Europe and PwC will honor the winners at an awards dinner in Frankfurt on Sept. 9.