U.S. EXECUTIVE -- ASIAN AUTOMAKER: John Krafcik
CEO, Hyundai Motor America
Climbing through the rubble: The industry stumbled, but you wouldn't know it by looking at Hyundai Motor America. Krafcik, 48, had the right mix of humility, chutzpah and hustle to steer the company through the crash of 2009, closing the horrible year up 8 percent in sales and with more than a point of added market share. Sales are still rising this year as Krafcik prepares to take the brand into the U.S. luxury market.