PROJECT LEADER INDIVIDUAL CAR
Kevin Stride, 46
Jaguar XE Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover
TITLE: Jaguar XE Vehicle Line Director
COMPANY: Jaguar Land Rover
BASED: Gaydon, England
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Stride has been vehicle line director for the Jaguar XE and F-Pace, the automaker's first crossover, since 2010. In 2009 he was chief program engineer for the XF, leading the development of the BMW 5-series rival, as well as its high-performance variant, the XFR. Stride joined Jaguar Land Rover in 1991 after gaining a degree in mechanical engineering from Brunel University in the UK.
REASON FOR WINNING: To compete against BMW, Audi and Mercedes- Benz, Jaguar knew it needed a top-notch midsize car. Stride delivered that with the XE. Auto journalists taking part in a test drive of the XE in Spain earlier this year praised the sedan's driving dynamics. Car buyers are also impressed. After only a few months of sales the XE already ranks as one of Europe's top-10 sellers in the midsize premium segment.