SUPPLIER DIVISION CEO
Heinz-Gerhard Wente, 63
Executive board member; head of the ContiTech division, Continental
TITLE: Executive board member; head of the ContiTech division
BASED: Hanover, Germany
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Has been the head of Continental's ContiTech division since 2008 and purchasing boss for the world's fourth-largest automotive supplier since 2011. Since joining Continental in 1978, Wente has held multiple leading positions at ContiTech as well as serving as director of labor relations for the entire company.
REASON FOR WINNING:ContiTech, a key supplier of drive belts, hoses and surface materials to automakers, is a moneymaker for Continental. Wente helped the division boost its 2013 sales 4.5 percent to 3.9 billion euros while also increasing its operating profit 1.9 percent to 461.1 million euros.