The executives who are this year’s Eurostars have stood out from their rivals by exceeding expectations.

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess changed the dialog on Europe’s largest automaker by aggressively pushing into the electric era.

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller did what seemed impossible: making the German volume brand profitable after decades of losses. Kia Europe boss Emilio Herrera has the Korean automaker on pace to keep growing in a declining European market because of strong demand for models such as the Stonic and Sportage crossovers.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös led the launch of the ultraluxury brand’s first SUV, the Cullinan, which has the company on track to set a new all-time sales high in 2019. The other 15 Eurostars, who were chosen by the editors of Automotive News Europe, have achieved equally impressive results.

Automotive News Europe and PwC honored the winners this year at an awards dinner in Frankfurt.