EV PROJECT LEADER
Gareth Dunsmore, 38
Electric Vehicle and Zero Emissions Strategy Director, Nissan Europe
TITLE: Electric Vehicle and Zero Emissions Strategy Director
COMPANY: Nissan Europe
CAREER HIGHLIGHTSDunsmore started his career in 2003 as a sales administrator at Nissan Great Britain, where he worked until joining Nissan Europe in 2009. As marketing communications boss, he helped Nissan tie up with the UEFA Champions League. Since 2015, he has been leading the automaker's electric car push in Europe.
REASON FOR WINNINGUnder Dunsmore's leadership, the new Nissan Leaf reclaimed its place as Europe's No. 1-selling full-electric vehicle during the first half of 2018 with a 61 percent surge in demand to nearly 18,000 units. The arrival of the new Leaf is a key reason why European sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, up from 163,591 in 2017. Dunsmore expects to further boost the Leaf's profile via Nissan's leap into the Formula E all-electric racing series.