As the auto industry reinvents itself, the 2022 class of Automotive News Rising Stars is right on the front lines. These 21 honorees are helping lead automakers, suppliers and technology companies into the coming era of autonomous and electric vehicles.
Vice President of Electrification
Big Break: Being project leader of the team that designed Bosch's first hybrid drive — an e-motor and clutch — which debuted in 2010.
Regional Operations Quality Director
Big Break: Moved from sales into a more technically challenging management career track in project management and manufacturing.
Chief Engineer, Senior Manager
Big Break: Gaining buy-in from upper management to lead the business development of Honda's wind tunnel facility in the U.S.
Vice President of Jeep Product Management
Big Break: Becoming Jeep's director of product management in 2021.
Senior Vice President Electrification Strategy and Technology
Big Break: Both of Chen's parents were executives at China's FAW Group, one of the country's largest automakers. Their careers inspired her to become an engineer.
Vice President of Interiors Unit in North America
Big Break: As a new program manager, oversaw development of the Renault Clio interior.
Hyundai Motor America
Director, Marketing Communications
Big Break: Coming to the U.S. to launch Genesis after being selected in a green card lottery, which enabled a timely transition.Â
Nissan Motor Co.
Director, Electric Vehicles Marketing and Sales Strategy
Big Break: Being tapped for a stint at Nissanâ€™s global headquarters, helping him develop relationships with key executives and better understand how the organization operates globally.
Co-Founder and Chief Engineer
Big Break: Starting a self-driving truck company at a time competitors focused on robotaxis.
Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Big Break: Showing Toyota Financial Services how data, probabilities and analytics could dramatically improve its performance.
Assistant Chief Engineer of Super Cruise
Big Break: Accelerating the rollout of the Super Cruise hands-free driving-assist technology and enhancing its features.
Chief Engineer of Electric Drive Systems
Big Break: Led a team that designed and built an in-house traction inverter.
Manager of Vehicle Safety, Compliance, Planning & Development
Big Break: Leaving a nearly 20-year career with the federal government for a role with Mazda, which allowed her to effect greater changes in vehicle safety.
Axalta Coating Systems
Vice President for Mobility Americas
Big Break: Joining Axalta in 2013, months after the former DuPont Performance Coatings business became an independent company.
Big Break: As a young plant controller for a factory project in 2008, Ostertag was part of a team that earned a Johnson Controls Chairman's Award for launching the high-profile assignment.
Platform Director for E-Systems
Big Break: Being chosen as a program manager for wire harnesses, one of the company's top moneymaking products.
Adient North America
Director of Business Unit Purchasing
Big Break: Being promoted to a director level position at Faurecia, allowing her to break into a male-dominated space and work on big-picture managerial goals.
CEO and Co-Founder
Big Break: Integrating Fyusion with Cox Automotive and scaling its vehicle imaging technologies within a larger company.
Head of Supply Chain Planning and Materials Management
Big Break: Brought consumer electronics expertise on materials planning to AV business.
Ford Motor Co.
F-150 Lightning Marketing Manager
Big Break: Leading the go-to-market strategy for the launch of the Ford F-150 Lightning.
General Manager of Trucks
Big Break: Coming to the U.S. from Australia on a temporary assignment to work on pickups.