• Jul 14, 2010

Automotive News
has put together its list of 2010 auto industry all-stars, and taking first place in American, European and Asian CEO categories are Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn, and Hyundai-Kia CEO Chung Mong-koo. Hard to fault the choices, and it shouldn't come as a surprise at all that the same three gentlemen took slots two through four of Motor Trend's list of top 50 auto execs for 2009.

Mulally was cited because his "steadfast plan to turn Ford around is bearing fruit in impressive fashion" and Chung was lauded for having " turned the Hyundai brand into a superpower." Winterkorn, who could have been awarded based on VW's Hulk-like growth, was actually noted for his "Strategy 2018," by which time he plans for the VW group to be selling ten million cars per year. Check this spot in eight years to see if he's still an all-star. For now, though, congrats to all.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Mullaly is well on his way to being voted "Best CEO of All Time" After working a miracle at Boeing, he's doing even better for Ford. Well done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know that Hyundai is a industrial monster, i even own a Hyundai TV.
      Hyundai is trying to gain market share at any cost, and for sure they heavy subside
      his automobile division with other divisions more profitables. I dont see any problem, just in
      the case that they success in the short term, what if dont ?.
      Quality issues, price raise, less guaranted , recalls are results of this strategy.
      And Hyundai is no Toyota or GM.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, Hyundai is no Toyota or GM. At the same time, Hyundai is no Suzuki or Nissan. Hyundai-Kia have a large chunk of the global market share. They're the fourth largest automaker in the world.

        Going back to the idea of Hyundai as a bunch of 'separate' corporations, they are the biggest or near biggest (I'd say 4th is pretty close to that) in almost every industry they play in. Just think about it this way. If it weren't for Hyundai's shipbuilding company (which is, by far, the biggest in the world), we wouldn't have international trade as we know it today. I bet you didn't know that. How many other companies can claim stuff like this? Toyota? I think not. GM? I think not (although their volume from selling cars alone is enormous, I do agree). VW? I think not. For the Hyundai name (not necessarily the motor company alone), the list goes on and on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should be spelled Jung Mong Goo
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Rick Wagoner and Bill Ford Jr. missed the list again? How could that have happened?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rick Wagoner did nothing at all. He had major help from the government.

        Bill Ford, Jr. couldn't be apart of the list because Alan Mullaly already took a spot for Ford. It could also be that he's the vice chairman of one of the worst NFL teams in the history of the NFL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey Urchin,

        Bill Ford picked Alan M. He KNEW he wasn't the guy! You should follow his lead on that!

        Also, contracts to Mullaly and the Hyuandai guy... VW guy I have NO idea why you'd be on the list!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mullaly was the right choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do German auto CEOs all have PhDs in science/engineering? (eg. Piech from Porsche, and the monopoly guy from Daimler)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, they do. It's part of a typical German education path whereby you cannot get masters in the field other than you bachelor's and Ph.D. in the field other than your masters (although Ph.D. degree frequently follows bachelor's). Companies tend to hire based on your credentials first, then based on your experience. Thus, most German CEOs have Ph.D.s. It certainly adds depth of knowledge in the field, but introduces rigidity to the system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! Ford and Hyundai have been at the top of my list for design and innovation for the past 3 years. No coincidence, I guess. VW's been on my radar too as of late with respect to design.

      2 bullseye shots and one on the perimeter.

      The 3 are the best, dollar/euro/won for dollar/euro/won in their respective regions at the moment, I think.

      It's funny and fitting that neither's a "pure" luxury marque. For luxury I'd have to point to Benz for Europe.

      • 4 Years Ago
      How does the CEO from the only manufacturer to grow in 2008... the top performing brand for 2009 that also hit a sales record for its best year ever... and the top performing brand for 2010 that continues to hit sales records month after month not make this list?

      Subaru anyone?
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