The Brit List 2016: UK's top car industry execs named

15 Jun, 2016 12:01am

We count down the 50 top British executives in the car industry, and reveal why they’re having such an enormous influence across the globe

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

20.  Simon Sproule
Chief Marketing Officer, Aston Martin

21. Julian Blissett
Executive Vice-President, SAIC-General Motors Corp

22. Moray Callum
Vice-President, Design, Ford

23. Marek Reichman
Design Director, 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 Bagnall
Vehicle 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.


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