This year’s All-Stars list spotlights leaders who:
Persevered through microchip shortages and helped retailers deal with tight inventories, such as Steve Carlisle of General Motors, Bob Carter of Toyota Motor North America, Randy Parker of Hyundai Motor America and Inga von Seelen of Volkswagen of America.
Made strides in electric vehicles, such as Donna Dickson of Ford Motor Co. with her work on the Mustang Mach-E, Jeff Hammoud of Rivian for his buzz-generating designs and Gerald Johnson of GM for leading the transformation of its Factory Zero EV plant into a model of sustainability.
Pushed digital innovation, such as Grace Huang preparing Manheim to switch to digital sales on a dime, Chris Urmson crafting high-profile deals for Aurora Innovation’s automated-driving software, Jan Carlson making Veoneer and its advanced driver-assistance software the center of a hot bidding war, Bill Nash of CarMax for completing the used-car giant’s transition to omnichannel retail and James Kuffner’s Woven Planet Holdings leading Toyota to a software-focused future.
By this time next year, let’s hope these extraordinary crises have faded into history and the next batch of All-Stars are leading a thriving industry.