Dieter Zetsche was named Industry Leader of the Year for 2005 by Automotive News, Automotive News Europe's sister publication.
This year is the second in a row that Automotive News, has picked the Chrysler group chief executive as the top CEO in North America.
Chrysler group's hot-selling vehicles -- such as the Chrysler 300 sedan -- have been the basis of a good year for Zetsche.
But the DaimlerChrysler veteran and his executive team have scored several other victories in the past year:
Through the first six months of 2005, Chrysler Division gained 0.6 percentage points of US market share, to 4.0 percent. Overall, the Chrysler group held a 13.9 percent share of the market through the first half of 2005. In the year-ago period, it had 13.5 percent.
And the Chrysler group is making money. It posted a $327 million (about E272 million) operating profit in the first quarter. At the same time, parent DaimlerChrysler's prestigious Mercedes Car Group posted a $1.24 billion loss. Mercedes' efforts to overhaul the Smart brand accounted for most of that loss.
Zetsche became Chrysler group CEO in 2000, 24 years after he joined the Daimler-Benz research division in Stuttgart as an engineer.
Other automotive executives recognized for their success in North America during the past year include: