Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci has won the 2012 Automotive Executive of the Year Award.
Mattiacci, the first Italian to receive the award, was recognized for Ferrari North America's innovative marketing and sharp focus on customer satisfaction, ownership experience and brand integrity, Robert Djurovic, executive director of the award program, said in a statement.
"Since taking the helm of Ferrari's North American operations, which includes North, Central and South America, Marco Mattiacci has grown sales in these markets 20 percent," Djurovic said. "This impressive growth has allowed Ferrari to hold its top position in the ultraexclusive, yet increasingly competitive segment of the global luxury automotive industry."
Mattiacci, who has been with Ferrari for more than 10 years, was named CEO of Ferrari North America in January 2010. Before that, he was CEO of Ferrari Asia Pacific for 3½ years. And prior to that, he was vice president of marketing and sales at Ferrari North America.
Mattiacci will receive the award at an invitation-only luncheon April 20 at the Detroit Athletic Club.
The award has been given since 1964 to honor excellence in industry leadership. Past recipients include Alan Mulally, Jim O'Sullivan, Jim Press, Bill Ford Jr., Dieter Zetsche, Henry Ford II, Rick Wagoner, Bob Lutz and Lee Iacocca, among others. The nominating committee includes auto industry media members, analysts and supplier CEOs.