CEO, Fisker Automotive Inc.
Chosen because: Just a few weeks after Tom LaSorda took over as CEO of Fisker in February, the maker of plug-in hybrids hit a rough patch when a Karma driven by Consumer Reports stopped working. LaSorda, 57, issued an open letter reassuring customers he was taking care of the problem.
Taking care of problems is a LaSorda specialty. As co-president of Chrysler in 2009, he helped arrange for Fiat to buy the troubled automaker. LaSorda also helped find private funding for Fisker after the U.S. Department of Energy blocked funds from a government loan because of missed production milestones. LaSorda's manufacturing background could come in handy if Fisker needs to look for a plant -- some of the the DOE loan money was going to be used to refurbish a former General Motors plant in Delaware.
Quote: "We're going to build the car. We're going to launch it with or without the DOE funding."