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In short order, Dan Ammann has soared to GM's top operations jobs

In short order, Dan Ammann has soared to GM's top operations jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20 2015
In a surprise career change and then startling ascension, Dan Ammann now oversees General Motors' operations around the world. As president, he's responsible for two tasks that his boss, CEO Mary Barra, sees as key to the company's success: revitalizing Chevrolet and Cadillac, while also unifying how the company's historically fractured regional businesses make and sell vehicles. ... » story 
Duncan Aldred
Age: 44
Title: Vice president of Buick and GMC
Big break: Being asked to run Opel sales and marketing in 2013 amid a massive turnaround effort
David Anderson
Age: 35
Title: Senior manager for automotive integration, Nvidia Corp.
Big break: Designed a combo navigator-radio-voice recognition system for Visteon
Jackie Birdsall
Age: 31
Title: Engineer, Toyota Technical Center
Big break: An internship working on DaimlerChrysler's fledgling fuel cell research team
Michelle Christensen
Age: 34
Title: Senior designer, Honda R&D Americas
Big break: In 2005, her concept was chosen for the design of a new Acura that later became the ZDX crossover.
Shawn Coyle
Age: 39
Title: Vice president, retail network solutions sales for North America, MSX International Inc.
Big break: An internship in a Cadillac zone office
Matias Giannini
Age: 39
Title: Global director of customer centers for Ford, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover in Continental AG's interiors division
Big break: Developed brakes for the Ford EcoSport
Rick Gibbs
Age: 39
Title: Co-president, Dealertrack Technologies
Big break: Promoted to president of Dealer.com in 2010
Jason Haase
Age: 32
Title: Chief engineer architect, Harman International
Big break: Designed navigation system for Harley-Davidson
Bart Herring
Age: 45
Title: General manager, product planning, Mercedes-Benz USA
Big break: Early in his career, helped persuade top Mercedes execs to increase vehicle leasing in the U.S.
Sheri Hickok
Age: 37
Title: Chief engineer, GM's full-size pickups
Big break: Being picked in 2006 to run A World in Motion, an SAE volunteer program
Marissa Hunter
Age: 40
Title: Director of FCA US brand advertising and head of Ram brand advertising
Big break: Joining Chrysler Group from BBDO as the automaker was coming out of bankruptcy
Li Jiang
Age: 32
Title: Manager, powertrain engineering gasoline systems, Robert Bosch
Big break: In 2010, Bosch assigned her to work on an advanced engine product funded by the U.S. Energy Department.
Matt Jones
Age: 36
Title: Head of future infotainment, Jaguar Land Rover
Big break: Had an idea in 2009 for what an infotainment system should look like — and told his boss about it
Gareth Joyce
Age: 42
Title: Vice president, customer services, Mercedes-Benz USA
Big break: Getting assigned to Mercedes-Benz Netherlands
Chantel Lenard
Age: 45
Title: Director of U.S. marketing, Ford Motor Co.
Big break: Led development of the “Fiesta Movement” campaign in 2009
Andy Love
Age: 39
Title: Head of car product marketing, Chrysler brand
Big break: Being one of the first employees assigned to the reconstituted Chrysler brand after Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy
Julien Montousse
Age: 36
Title: Design manager, Mazda Motor Corp.
Big break: Designing the interior for the reborn Chevrolet Camaro
Michelle Morris
Age: 42
Title: Group director of automotive and financial services, Facebook
Big break: In 2000, Morris transferred from human resources at ad agency BBDO to handle the Chrysler account
Ryan Nagode
Age: 34
Title: Chief interior designer, Ram, Fiat, SRT
Big break: Was lead interior designer for the 2009 Ram pickup makeover
Andre Oosthuizen
Age: 43
Title: Vice president of marketing, Porsche Cars North America
Big break: Being hired by Porsche in 2007 to lead marketing in the Middle East and Africa
Jonathan Ord
Age: 44
Title: CEO, DealerSocket
Big break: Early success selling CRM software to such big groups as Penske Automotive and Ken Garff Automotive
Ben Patel
Age: 47
Title: Vice president for clean air, global r&d and systems integration, Tenneco
Big break: Finding a mentor, Yale chemistry professor Bob Crabtree
Dave Pericak
Age: 43
Title: Director, Ford Performance
Big break: Chief engineer of the 2015 Ford Mustang
Andrew Pontius
Age: 45
Title: Director of product design and development for North American emissions control, Faurecia
Big break: Switching from product development to factory management in 2007
Vinay Shahani
Age: 41
Title: Vice president, marketing, Volkswagen of America
Big break: Leaving Nissan after nearly 10 years to become VW's marketing chief
Jeremy Tucker
Age: 38
Title: Vice president, marketing communications and media, Nissan North America
Big break: Becoming a key member of the Doritos marketing team while at PepsiCo
Petter Witt
Age: 41
Title: BMW of North America regional vice president, Western region
Big break: Asked to help run a BMW management retreat for top U.S. executives.
Steve Zadesky
Age: 42 or 43 (est.)
Title: Vice president of product design, Apple Inc.
Big break: Leaving Ford Motor Co. for Apple to work on the original iPod.
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