Agneta Dahlgren, 49
Design Director for C-Segment and Electric Vehicles, Renault
TITLE: Design Director for C-Segment and Electric Vehicles
BASED: Guyancourt, France
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Started at Renault in 1991 as an intern. In 2000 Dahlgren was appointed a project leader for models ranging from electric city cars to heavy trucks. She said her big break came when she managed the design development for the Renault Zoe electric vehicle. Today she is head of design for Renault EVs and key compact models such as the Megane and Scenic.
REASON FOR WINNING: It is challenging to create a design that is different but not polarizing in the overcrowded and hyper-competitive compact segment, but that is exactly what Dahlgren accomplished with the new Megane family. She used Renault's new styling language that debuted on the Talisman flagship without making the models look too similar. With her latest creation, the new-generation Scenic, Dahlgren proves that with the right touches even a people mover can have a sexy look while keeping its minivan practicality.