Automotive News Rising Stars honors North American automotive executives who are young, entrepreneurial-minded and possess the skills and talent needed to become industry leaders of tomorrow. This program recognizes automotive executives in middle and upper management who are likely to grow in influence and prominence, together with the companies who are nurturing that future leadership talent. Read their inspiring stories here, and click below to nominate a deserving young person for the 2017 award.
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Title: HR director, North America manufacturing strategy and global manufacturing staffs, General Motors
Big break: Assignment in China, 2007-10
Title: Executive director, global purchasing program management, General Motors
Big break: A two-year rotation in purchasing --- still going after nine years
Title: Director, Ram brand
Big break: Participating in a Chrysler Institute of Engineering program that allowed her to rotate, through seven engineering disciplines
Title: COO, Nexteer Automotive
Big break: Helped Delphi to develop the power sliding door for a PSA vehicle.
Title: Global sales director, electronics and safety, Delphi Automotive
Big break: Helped Delphi to win the contract to produce domain controllers for Audi AG's autonomous-driving system
Title: President of emissions control technologies North America, Faurecia S.A.
Big break: In 2008, DeGraaf was put in charge of JCI’s General Motors account in Europe.
Title: Executive vice president, global commodity procurement, ZF
Big break: Coming under the wings of TRW's CEO, COO and CFO while climbing the company's purchasing ladder.
Title: President, Automotive Seating Business Group – NAO, Faurecia SA
Big break: Being put in charge of Faurecia's Ford business unit
Title: Regional vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan Mexicana
Big break: Developed a dealer network enhancement plan for Mexico in 2009.
Title: Global chief engineer at Ford Motor Co.
Big break: Chief engineer of the Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptors
Title: Global vice president of trim and craftsmanship, Lear Corp.
Big break: Lear put Hanley in charge of its Chevy Volt program in 2010. “It gave me a lot of exposure. Our board of directors wanted to know about it all the time. It was a personal turning point for me.”
Title: Vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor America
Big break: Leading the merger of Hyundai’s California and Western sales regions
Title: Chief designer, Ram exterior, FCA US
Big break: When Howell initially failed to land a job with Chrysler in 2000, Ralph Gilles, then a star designer at Chrysler, helped him recraft his design portfolio.
Title: General manager, vehicle sales and operations, Audi of America
Big break: Being promoted to his current role
Title: Senior manager, global head of seat purchasing, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Big break: As a new Chrysler employee, being exposed to a wide variety of engineering disciplines in the company through a two-year program at the Chrysler Institute of Engineering.
Title: Vice president of finance and treasurer, General Motors
Big break: Helping execute GM's offloading of $29 billion in pension liability in 2012
Title: Vice president of procurement, Americas, Magna International
Big break: Uhl managed Magna's stable of suppliers through the Great Recession. Following the recession, she helped develop a risk management program to monitor the company's vendors