Josef Kerscher, 61
Managing Director Dingolfing plant, BMW
TITLE: Managing Director Dingolfing plant
BASED: Dingolfing, Germany
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Kerscher has been in charge at Dingolfing since November 2013. He ran BMW's Munich factory until transferring in 2007 to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to lead the carmaker's U.S. plant, where he oversaw a near-threefold increase in output to more than 300,000 vehicles.
REASON FOR WINNING: Under Kerscher's leadership, Dingolfing was named J.D. Power's top-ranking plant in Europe for assembly quality in June. Dingolfing is BMW's largest global factory based on production volume and also its most complex. In addition to the 3-series GT and 4-series Gran Coupe, the plant builds key upper-end models such as the 5 series, 6 series as well as the new-generation 7-series flagshipsedan. Last year, output at the plant rose nearly 8 percent to a new record of nearly 370,000.