Wolfgang Duerheimer, 57
BASED: Crewe, England
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Duerheimer began his second term as Bentley CEO in June 2014 after having run the Volkswagen Group ultraluxury brand from 2011 to 2012. During his 29-year automotive career he has held board-level development posts at Audi and Porsche. He spent his first 12 years in the industry at BMW.
REASON FOR WINNING: Led Bentley to a record sales year in 2014 by boosting global deliveries 9 percent to 11,020 vehicles. Has maintained a strong buzz around the brand by announcing that Bentley will be the first ultraluxury automaker to offer an SUV, the Bentayga,and that it may add a two-seat coupe to challenge Aston Martin. Bentley's planned expansion is part of Duerheimer's aim to increase annual sales to 20,000 vehicles by 2020.