The Brit List 2019: UK’s top car industry execs named

We count down the most influential car industry executives born and bred in the UK

The Brit List 2019: top 50

1. Richard PalmerChief Financial Officer, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles

2. Steven ArmstrongChairman, Ford of Europe

3. Nick RogersExecutive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover 

4. Mike FlewittChief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

5. Adrian Hallmark Chief Executive Officer, Bentley

6. Phil PophamChief Executive Officer, Lotus

7. Stuart RowleyVice President and President, Ford of Europe

8. Andy CowellManaging Director, Mercedes-AMG High-Performance Powertrains

9. Simon SprouleChief Marketing Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda

10. Jon GoodmanChief Operating Officer, Polestar

11. Peter HorburyHead of Design, Geely

12. Fiona Parteger Customer Experience Director, Jaguar Land Rover

13. Gerry McGovernDesign Director, Land Rover

14. Julian Blissett Senior Vice President, International Operations, General Motors

15. Marek ReichmanExecutive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda

16. Mike O’DriscollGroup Chief Executive Officer, Williams F1 team

17. Michael ColeChief Operations Officer, Kia USA

18. James DysonChairman, Dyson

19. Mark OvendenPresident, International Markets Group, Ford

20. Robin PageSenior Vice President of Design, Volvo Cars

21. Lyle WattersVice President and President, Ford and Ford South America

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22. Paul NewmanCo-founder, Oxbotica

23. Colin LawtherRegional Senior Vice President, The Alliance

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24. Ian MinardsGlobal product development director, Dyson Automotive

25. Mark AdamsVice President, Design, Vauxhall/Opel

26. Jeremy HicksMarket Performance Director, Jaguar Land Rover

27. Cathy O’CallaghanVice President, Controller, Ford

28. Julian ThomsonDirector of Design, Jaguar 

29. Jim RatcliffeFounder and Chief Executive Officer, Ineos Automotive

30. Moray CallumVice President, Design, Ford

31. Helen EmsleyDirector of Design, GMC/Buick

32. Matt Becker Head of Engineering, Aston Martin Lagonda

33. Darren PalmerTeam Edison Global Production Development Director, Ford

34. Ian HobanPowertrain Director, Jaguar Land Rover

35. Sue SlaughterDirector of Purchasing for TVM Strategy and Business Development, Ford of Europe

36. Nigel SteinChairman, Inchcape

37. Graham HoareExecutive Director, Business Transformation, Ford of Britain

38. Ross BrawnManaging Director, Motor Sports, Liberty Media Corporation

39. Penny HughesChair, Aston Martin Lagonda

40. Lawrence DaviesChief Executive Officer, Automotive Investment Organisation

41. David MossVice President of Research and Development, Nissan Europe

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42. Danella BagnallExecutive Vice President, Product Engineering, China/Asia-Pacific, Jaguar Land Rover

43. Adrian NeweyChief Technical Officer, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

44. Mike HawesChief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

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45. Nikki RookeVice-president, Communications, Volvo Cars

46. Mark WilsonChief Financial Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda

47. Wayne BurgessHead of Design, Geely Design UK

48. Sarah-Jayne WilliamsDirector of Smart Mobility, Ford

49. Mark SutcliffeSenior Vice President, Industrial Strategy and Supply Chain Management, The Alliance

50. Tim AbbottChief Executive Officer, BMW South Africa 

The Auto Express Hall of Fame

2018 - Duncan Aldred 

The former Vauxhall chairman was appointment Vice-President of Buick and GMC in 2014 and has seen sales rocket ever since by boosting higher-margin models and promoting Buick in China. 

2017 - Linda Jackson

As CEO, Linda Jackson is steering Citroen’s contribution to the booming sales figures of the PSA Group. A bumpy 12 months in China didn’t help her in 2017, but fresh SUVs like the C3 Aircross have helped steady the ship.

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2016 - Mike Manley

Flat sales at Jeep in 2017 troubled the SUV brand’s boss Mike Manley – but they haven’t hurt his status within the overall Fiat-Chrysler empire. After the late Sergio Marchionne stepped down, he was appointed CEO of FCA in july 2018. 

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2015 - Alan Batey

Alan Batey started out as an apprentice with Vauxhall, after becoming General Motors’ executive vice-president and president for North America, he went on to look after Chevrolet globally, but announced his plans to retire in 2019 with Barry Engle succeeding him. 

2014 - Steve Odell

Ford had yet another management shake-up late last year, and Steve Odell took the opportunity in November to bring his 37-year stint with the firm to an end, retiring from his marketing, sales and service role.

2013 - Ian Robertson

Robertson finally stepped away from BMW recently, after a short spell where the global boss of sales and marketing took on a ‘UK ambassador’ role that saw him liaising with Government on key issues.

2012 - Andy Palmer

Our first Brit List winner while at Nissan, Palmer is now driving astonishing growth at Aston Martin. He’s restored the British brand to profitability and is about to open a new factory in Wales to build its Varekai SUV.


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