Ricky Hudi, 47
Chief Executive Engineer Electrics/Electronics, Audi
TITLE: Chief Executive Engineer Electrics/Electronics
BASED: Ingolstadt, Germany
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Hudi has held his current position since 2009. He joined Audi from BMW in 1997 to work on the electronics system for the A8 flagship.Three years later he became the automaker's head of development for infotainment, where he played a key role in the development of Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) system.
REASON FOR WINNING: One of the main reasons why the Audi TT was named the best networked car in Germany by enthusiast magazine auto motor und sport was the work that Hudi and his team have been doing. The TT's virtual cockpit combines the instrument cluster and the MMI screen into one central digital unit. More than 70 percent of the magazine's readers also picked Audi as the carmaker that offers the most innovative connectivity technology overall.""