5 of the most influential names in the car industry

Influential names in the car industry

The success of the industry largely rests with several influential leaders who are helping to shape automobiles in the present and for future generations. Here are five of the most influential names in the car industry…

James Hackett

James Hackett was the president and chief executive officer of Ford from 2017 to 2020 and currently serves as Special Advisor to the company. Known as a hard-headed, bottom line businessman, Hackett sent an email to Ford employees in early 2019 in which he characterized the company’s $7 billion profit in 2018 as “mediocre” and said the goal for 2019 was a $14 billion profit.

Ian Callum CBE

Ian Callum is a Scottish-born designer of cars, and he has had a major impact on the vehicles we are familiar with today. During his career, he has worked in design for the likes of Ford and Aston Martin and most recently as Director of Design for Jaguar Cars from 1999 to 2019.

Elon Musk

One of the most well known names in the car industry, there’s no denying the influence of Elon Musk, the enigmatic CEO of Tesla, Inc. Love him or hate him, he is leading the charge when it comes to electric vehicles that are widely viewed as being the future of the automotive industry.

Gordon Murray CBE

Ian Gordon Murray CBE, is a South African-born British designer of Formula One racing cars and the McLaren F1 road car. He received a CBE for services to motoring and has recently launched a new supercar, the T50 which is very hotly anticipated.

John Krafcik

John Krafcik was appointed CEO of Google’s self-driving car project in 2015 and remained in that position after Google separated its self-driving car project and transitioned it into the new company now called Waymo. The company currently has the largest fleet of self-driving cars in the world – most of which are still being tested. His role in shaping the future of cars is undeniable.

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