Watch the 2021 Rising Stars award ceremony


Twenty-five young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. The award ceremony took place on Sept 7.

Since the program was started in 2011, Automotive News Europe has awarded more than 200 Rising Stars.

The 11th annual Rising Stars awards recognize fast-climbing auto leaders who are already taking big steps forward in the industry. From automakers to suppliers, manufacturing to connected cars, engineering to e-commerce, each Rising Star has spearheaded change and made progress up the career ladder.

The 2021 Rising Stars are (listed in alphabetical order base on award):

Ronald Hoedemakers — Toyota Europe — Aftersales
Syed Shahrukh Kazmi — Aptiv — Autonomous & Automated Driving
Sarah Pelling — Ineos Automotive — Communications
Punitha Sinnapan — Cubic Telecom — Connected Car
Stefanie Paetow — Audi — CRM
Julie Schwieder — Toyota Europe — Design
Diana Banozic — Volvo Cars — Digital
Daniele De Leonardis — Stellantis — Digital
Myriam Verges — Stellantis — e-Commerce
Timothy D’Herde — Toyota Europe — Electrification
Stefan Fischer — Bentley — Engineering
Daniel Barel — REE Automotive — Entrepreneur
Johannes Scharf — FEV Europe — General Management
Nicola Johnson — Bentley — Human Resources
Sergio Grunder — DuPont — Innovation
Michael Spode — Dana — Manufacturing
Philipp Sayler von Amende — carwow — Marketing
Rob Jolly — Onto — Mobility Service
Bouchra Le Hir — SKF — Product Management
Daniel Wehsarg — Hella — Purchasing
Nadine Voronich — Pirelli — Quality
Alexander Lutz — Polestar — Sales
Piotr Pawlak — Ford — Sales  
Kunal Chandra — Siemens Mobility — Shared Mobility
Julian Fieres — ZF Group — Transformation & Digitalization

To see their full profiles, please click here.

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