Auto Express has today revealed its definitive list of the top 50 Brits working in the global car industry, with Jeep CEO Mike Manley (pictured) 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, Auto Express’s fifth annual rundown of the top people in the industry, is available to read online at www.autoexpress.co.uk.