Torsten Müller-Ötvös, 58
BASED: Goodwood, England
Müller-Ötvös was appointed Rolls-Royce CEO in 2010 after a career spanning more than 20 years at the ultraluxury brand’s parent, BMW Group. His rise through the premium brand’s sales and marketing division included the successful relaunch of the Mini brand. In 2004 he was given responsibility for BMW marketing and brand management, and then was chosen to run BMW’s product management globally.
REASON FOR WINNING
Since Müller-Ötvös took charge of Rolls-Royce, the brand has broken its global sales record six times in nine years, reaching a record 4,107 cars in 2018. Last year also saw the brand launch its first SUV, the Cullinan, which is sold out for 2019, leading Müller-Ötvös to predict another sales record for this year. BMW doesn’t break out profits for Rolls-Royce, but Müller-Ötvös says the results also broke records in 2018.