Every year, the editorial staff of Automotive News convenes to select our annual All-Stars, an exercise that often involves vigorous debate and occasionally tough decisions.
Our goal is to recognize leaders who have steered their companies through extraordinary challenges, led their organizations to new heights and innovated in ways that will transform the automotive landscape.
Take Leoni CEO Aldo Kamper, our 2022 Industry Leader of the Year, whose employees make wiring harnesses in Ukraine and were thrust into an awful war. If given a choice, I'm sure Kamper, his workers and Leoni's customers would much rather have never had to deal with Russia's aggression than received an award. But the reality is that they have persevered through grim circumstances, and we commend Leoni as well as pray for its workers' safety and the end of this conflict.
We intend for the All-Stars listing to have a celebratory overtone. After all, we invite the honorees to a ceremony in downtown Detroit to hand out trophies and celebrate their accomplishments.
Manchin and Musk have generated their share of controversy, and they won't win any popularity contests in some circles, but there is no denying that each has had an outsized impact on the industry this year.