Rick Wagoner must be doing something right as the Chairman and CEO of General Motors, as the auto-pundits at Motor Trend have named him the No. 1 auto industry power broker in their 2008 Power List of the top 50 players. While we haven't received our February 2008 issue yet and don't have all 50 names to share with you, MT was nice enough to reveal the top 10 and a few notables (see below).
GM and Volkswagen are most well-represented automakers in the top 10. The General landed Bob Lutz, Ed Welburn and its new CFO Fritz Henderson on the list in addition to Wagoner, while VW had three in the top 10, including Supervisory Board Chief Ferdinand Piëch, Chairman Martin Winterkorn and Group Design Chief Walter Da Silva. Curiously, no Autoblog staff members made the top 10.
Personalities of note on the 2008 Power List include:
#14 Alan Mullaly – Ford Motor Company Chief Executive Officer
#32 Kazunori Yamauchi – Polyphony Digital President, Gran Turismo 5 Designer
#33 John Dingell – U.S. Representative (D-Mich.), Chairman of Energy and Commerce Committee
#38 Liz Pilibosian – Chief Engineer, Cadillac CTS
#45 Jay Leno – NBC "Tonight Show" Host, Car Enthusiast
Follow the jump to see the top 10 players on the 2008 Power List from Motor Trend.
[Source: Motor Trend]
#1 Rick Wagoner – General Motors Chairman and CEO
#2 Fujio Cho – Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman
#3 Ferdinand Piëch – Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board Chief
#4 Bob Lutz – GM Vice Chairman, Global Product and Development
#5 Martin Winterkorn – Volkswagen AG Chairman
#6 Chris Bangle – BMW Design Group Chief
#7 Wendelin Wiedeking – Porsche AG Executive Board Chairman, Chief Executive Director
#8 Ed Welburn – GM Vice President for Global Design
#9 Fritz Henderson ("Rookie of the Year") – GM Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer
#10 Walter Da Silva – VW Group Design Chief