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Thursday, 16 June 2016
Auto Express releases it's top 50 Brits in the Global car market list for 2016, the Brits are here, and going nowhere.
Auto Express reveals its top 50 Brits in the global car business
Mike Manley from Jeep takes number one spot
Citroen Global CEO Linda Jackson climbs six places to number two
Auto Express has today revealed its definitive list of the top 50 Brits working in the global car industry, with Jeep CEO Mike Manley taking the number one slot in 2016.
Manley, originally from Bedfordshire but now residing in the US, has transformed one of America’s greatest brands, quadrupled sales in just six years and set his company on the road to a target of selling 1.9 million cars by 2018.
In 2015 Jeep sold a total of 1.23 million cars worldwide. Manley is extremely passionate about brands and he thinks it’s the strength of the Jeep brand that will help him achieve the near two million sales target.
In second place in this year’s Brit List is Linda Jackson, Global CEO of Citroen. Her vision for the iconic brand is coming to fruition with strong sales of existing models and a raft of new Citroens on the way.
The Auto Express judging panel comprised industry commentator and Motoring Editor of the Daily Mail, Ray Massey, and Chris Donkin, Industrial Sector Partner at The Inzito Partnership, along with Auto Express’ Steve Fowler, Graham Hope and John McIlroy.
Chairman of the judging panel, and Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, Steve Fowler, said: “The British talent in the global car industry is something to be proud of, which is why we started to publish this list five years ago. Since then it has grown to be one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the industry calendar. This year’s list is teeming with talent, and I can’t wait to see what they achieve in the coming years.”
The Brit List 2016: top 50
1. Mike Manley Head of brand, Jeep and RAM
2. Linda Jackson CEO, Citroen
3. Duncan Aldred US Vice-President, Buick-GMC
4. Ian Callum Director of Design, Jaguar
5. Trevor Mann Chief Performance Officer, Nissan
6. Nick Rogers Director, Group Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
7. Paul Willcox Senior Vice-President, Nissan & Chairman, Nissan Europe
8. Adrian Hallmark Group Strategy Director, Jaguar Land Rover
9. Mark Adams Vice-President, Vauxhall/Opel Design
10. Kevin Rose Sales & Marketing ,Director, Bentley
11. Mike O’Driscoll Group CEO, Williams F1 Team
12. Joe Bakaj Vice-President Product Development, Ford of Europe
13. Gerry McGovern Design Director, Land Rover
14. Ron Dennis Chairman, McLaren Group & Automotive
15. Allan Rushforth Vice-President for Global Sales, Nissan
16. Andy Cowell Managing Director, Mercedes AMG High-Performance Powertrains
17. Steven Armstrong Vice-President, Ford & President, Ford South America
18. Andy Goss Global Sales Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover
19. Chris Porritt Apple
20. Simon Sproule Chief Marketing Officer, Aston Martin
24. Mike Flewitt Chief Executive, McLaren Automotive
25. Fiona Pargeter Head of Global PR Communications, Jaguar Land Rover
26. Jon Goodman Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Volvo Cars
27. Graham Hoare Director of Global Vehicle Evaluation & Verification, Ford
28. Mark Ovenden President & CEO, FordSoller
29. Michael Cole Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motor Europe
30. John Edwards Managing Director, Special Operations, Jaguar Land Rover
31. Richard Palmer Chief Financial Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
32. Peter Horbury Head of Design, Geely
33. Christian Horner Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
34. Nigel Stein Chief Executive, GKN
35. Tim Abbott Managing Director, BMW South Africa
36. Adrian Newey Chief Technical Officer, Red Bull Racing
37. Mark Lloyd Design Programme Director, Citroen
38. Paul Willis CEO, VW Group UK
39. Chris Gubbey CEO, The London Taxi Group
40. Robin Page Vice-President, Interior Design, Volvo Cars
41. Mike Hawes Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders
42. Danella BagnallVehicle Programme Director, Jaguar Land Rover
43. Peter Thom Vice-President, Quality, North America, General Motors
44. Martin Leach President of NEXTEV
45. Claire Williams Deputy Team Principal, Williams F1 Team
46. Lawrence Davies CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation
47. Tony Laydon Corporate Vice-President, Supply Chain, Nissan
48. Bernie Ecclestone Chief Executive, F1 Group
49. Tony Williams-Kenny Global Design Director, SAIC
50. Mark Sutcliffe Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Renault-Nissan
The Auto Express hall of fame
2015 - Alan Batey
Last year’s Brit List winner Batey has the title of executive vice president and president, GM North America, and also serves on the board of GM China’s joint venture, Shanghai General Motors Co. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s the global boss of Chevrolet as well.
2014 - Steve Odell
When Odell topped the Brit List he was busy restoring Ford of Europe to health. That success earned him a role at Detroit HQ, where he now heads global sales, marketing and service, reviving Ford and Lincoln worldwide – some way from his first role as a Ford graduate trainee.
2013 - Ian Robertson
BMW’s global boss of sales and marketing was our second Brit List winner and Hall of Fame inductee. He’s still responsible for the brand’s growing sales success as it gears up to mark its centenary, with events planned this month in London and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
2012 - Andy Palmer
Our first ever Brit List winner was working at Nissan at the time. Now he’s reshaping iconic British brand Aston Martin and is in the process of launching the all-new DB11. As at Nissan, Palmer’s love of electric power is coming into play at Aston, too.