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Meet the 2017 ANE Eurostars
The executives chosen as 2017 Eurostars have outperformed the competition by exceeding expectations. PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares has made the boldest move of the year with his takeover of Opel/Vauxhall, making the French-German pairing Europe’s second-largest automaker. Seat President Luca de Meo has ended the Spanish brand’s long financial losing streak and has the Volkswagen Group subsidiary poised to remain profitable. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer also turned a chronic money loser into a winner. Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath’s work on the XC90 and XC60 SUVs helped to propel the Swedish automaker, which is on track for a fourth year of record vehicle sales. The other 12 Eurostars, who were chosen by the editors of Automotive News Europe, have achieved equally impressive results. Automotive News Europe and PwC will honor the winners at an awards dinner in Frankfurt.

GROUP CEO
Carlos Tavares


TITLE: Chief Executive Officer
COMPANY: PSA Group
BASED: Paris, France
AGE: 59
NATIONALITY: Portuguese

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Tavares became PSA Group CEO in 2014, arriving shortly after the automaker was rescued from a financial crisis by China’s Dongfeng Motor and the French government. Prior to that, he spent 32 years at Renault and Nissan, rising to become Renault’s chief operating officer. Tavares’ first ambition was to be a racecar driver but instead he joined Renault as a test engineer.

REASON FOR WINNING After PSA was bailed out in 2014, Tavares restored the automaker to profitability. This year, he made a bold move by acquiring General Motors’ money-losing Opel/Vauxhall operations. Skeptics see more risks than rewards in the deal, but Tavares says he will apply the same efficiency changes to Opel that he carried out at PSA. In the first half, PSA’s 7.3 percent operating margin was the highest of all European volume automakers.

GROUP CEO
Carlos Tavares
GROUP CEO <br>Carlos Tavares
CAR DIVISION CEO
Luca de Meo
CAR DIVISION CEO <br> Luca de Meo
EMERGING MARKET EXECUTIVE
Bernard Cambier
EMERGING MARKET EXECUTIVE <br>Bernard Cambier
MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE
Siegfried Buelow
MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE <br> Siegfried Buelow
EV PROJECT LEADER
Wolfgang Ziebart
EV PROJECT LEADER <br> Wolfgang Ziebart
PROJECT LEADER INDIVIDUAL CAR
Marion David
PROJECT LEADER INDIVIDUAL CAR <br> Marion David
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Christian Strube
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE <br> Christian Strube
CONNECTED CAR & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING EXECUTIVE
Alejandro Vukotich
CONNECTED CAR & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING EXECUTIVE <br> Alejandro Vukotich
SUPERLUXURY CEO
Andy Palmer
SUPERLUXURY CEO <br> Andy Palmer
SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Britta Seeger
SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE <br> Britta Seeger
SUPPLIER CEO
Patrick Koller
SUPPLIER CEO <br> Patrick Koller
DESIGN (INDIVIDUAL MODEL)
Massimo Frascella
DESIGN (INDIVIDUAL MODEL) <br> Massimo Frascella
DESIGN (MULTIPLE MODELS)
Thomas Ingenlath
DESIGN (MULTIPLE MODELS) <br> Thomas Ingenlath
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS HEAD
Michael Cole
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS HEAD <br> Michael Cole
SUPPLIER DIVISION HEAD
Peter Gutzmer
SUPPLIER DIVISION HEAD <br> Peter Gutzmer
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Bob Lutz
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT <br> Bob Lutz
 
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