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As if bankruptcies and recalls weren't enough of an obstacle the past two years, the auto industry faced one of the world's worst natural disasters in 2011. The 9.0 magnitude Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11 delivered another blow to an already fragile recovery. Despite the difficulties, some individuals have thrived.
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SERGIO MARCHIONNE, CEO, Chrysler Group & Fiat S.p.A.
Sergio Marchionne likes to call himself a humble "man of industry."
CHUNG MONG-KOO, Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group
Through sheer force of will, Chung, 73, has transformed Hyundai and Kia from scoffed-at also-ran brands into global powerhouses that have rivals -- both...
MARTIN WINTERKORN, CEO, Volkswagen Group
There is no question that Winterkorn wants to be the biggest and the best.
AHN BYUNG-MO, CEO, Kia Motors America
Back in 2008, Kia dealers were seething over sliding sales and bloated inventories, and when Ahn was named head of both Kia Motors America and Kia Motors...
JONATHAN BROWNING, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America
Under Browning's leadership the past 14 months, Volkswagen Group of America is on a mission to improve VW's quality, image and profitability in North America.
MICHAEL MANLEY, CEO, Jeep brand, Chrysler Group
Manley, 47, who started in the auto industry working at British dealerships, has guided Jeep to an astonishing comeback this year.
OLIVIER FRANCOIS, CEO, Fiat brand, and global chief marketing officer for all Fiat and Chrysler brands, Chrysler Group
CEO Sergio Marchionne's strategy to revive Chrysler is built on sharp differentiation among Chrysler's brands.
LEWIS BOOTH, CFO, Ford Motor Co.
Financial officers don't usually win high marks for style, but Booth, 63, is gaining attention for his ability to make Ford into a financial winner...
DAN KNOTT, Senior vice president of purchasing and supplier quality, Chrysler Group
Knott, 51, is reviving Chrysler's partnership approach with suppliers, which had gone underground during its two previous owners, DaimlerChrysler AG and...
CHIP PERRY, CEO, AutoTrader.com
Under Perry, 58, AutoTrader.com has used a series of acquisitions over the past year to extend its influence among Internet auto shoppers dramatically.
FLETCHER DAVIDSON, Group vice president, Toyota Customer Services, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Immediately following the March 11 earthquake in Japan, Davidson led a quick-response team that moved logistical mountains to ensure a smooth flow of repair...
PETER SCHREYER, Chief design officer, Kia Motors Corp.
Schreyer, 58, has swiftly transformed Kia from a brand devoid of style into one that's becoming synonymous with high design for the masses.
MIKE JACKSON AND MICHAEL MAROONE, AutoNation Inc.
In a year when retailers were smacked with a rocky economy and supply shortages caused by the earthquake in Japan, AutoNation used sophisticated technology and...
ROBERT JOHNSON, MACK McLARTY AND STEVE LANDERS, RLJ-McLarty-Landers Automotive
When Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, became the majority partner of RLJ-McLarty-Landers Automotive in October 2007, he said he wanted to...
JIM HALLETT, CEO, KAR Auction Services Inc.
Hallett has shown that building an auction company is as much about clicks as it is about bricks and mortar.
PETER MARKS, CEO, Robert Bosch
Bosch is thriving by supplying fuel-saving equipment to North American automakers, such as fuel-delivery parts for Ford Motor Co.'s EcoBoost engines.
DERRICK KUZAK, Group vice president of global product development, Ford Motor Co.
Kuzak, 60, seems to swing and hit it out of the park effortlessly with his product revamps at Ford division.
BILL KRUEGER, Vice chairman, Nissan Americas
The March earthquake in Japan came at a nasty moment for Krueger, who was then Nissan Americas' senior vice president for manufacturing, purchasing, supply...
BOB KING, President, UAW
King, 65, faced down the challenge this year of negotiating competitive labor contracts with the Detroit 3, while keeping on track an aggressive plan to...
JOE BAKAJ, Vice president of powertrain engineering, Ford Motor Co.
Bakaj, 49, led the team that launched two new direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost engines globally this year.
SAAD CHEHAB, CEO, Chrysler and Lancia brands, Chrysler Group
Chrysler's 2011 Super Bowl commercial, called "Born of Fire," was a story about the parallels between a downtrodden city and a company that almost didn't...
TONY POSAWATZ, Vehicle line director for Chevrolet Volt, General Motors
Posawatz serves as the quasi-ambassador for the Volt, the revolutionary plug-in hybrid launched in December 2010.
BURT JORDAN, Executive director of global vehicle and powertrain purchasing, Ford Motor Co.
Jordan, 44, continues to deliver more of Ford's supplier purchases to minority suppliers.
CHRIS HOSFORD, Executive director of corporate communications, Hyundai Motor America
Hosford, 64, has used a media strategy that blends promoting strengths while taking calculated risks that are deftly crafted.
SHINICHI SASAKI, Executive vice president for global procurement, Toyota Motor Corp.
Sasaki, 64, faced a purchasing chief's nightmare when the March 11 earthquake and tsunami battered Japan.
YASUSHI AKAO, President, Renesas Electronics Corp.
Akao, 57, put his company's name in the headlines like never before.
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