If no man is an island, no auto chief is, either. Consider three of the industry's top executives:
A year ago, Carlos Ghosn was helping Renault recover. Now, he's scrambling for the resources to save Nissan.
Louis Schweitzer must maintain Renault's momentum as he deals with the strains of rescuing Nissan.
GM's Jack Smith, having settled such close-to-home issues as the UAW negotiations, has an agenda full of new and expanded alliances with automakers in Asia.
For their Talk from the Top interviews, see Pages 26-30.