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Rising Stars

Who are tomorrow’s leaders – the people who will drive forward and shape the automotive industry, and which companies are nuturing that talent? We want to find out and celebrate their achievements – that’s why AM is launching the Rising Stars awards in association with Courland Automotive Practice and AM sister publication Fleet News.

Over the next three months we will be seeking the industry’s next generation of leaders, those who are already excelling in their particular field, whether that’s retail, repair, manufacturer, supplier or fleet/leasing. These people will be displaying outstanding levels of quality, skills, innovation, leadership and achievements. They will represent the senior management of tomorrow, those who will shape the strategic direction and dictate future policies of the automotive industry.

A specialist panel of senior industry directors has been set up to judge the Rising Stars awards (details opposite). It will be chaired by Ford of Britain chairman Roger Putnam and advised by AM editor Stephen Briers and Courland Automotive Practice global managing partner Martin Bohling. Three finalists from retailer (including cars and repairs), manufacturer, fleet/leasing and industry supplier sectors will be identified in six categories:

  • Marketing
  • Learning and development
  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Public relations

    Finalists will be identified by Courland, AM, Fleet News and the judging panel, as well as nominated entries. If you know a rising star please put him or her forward. An overall winner for each category will be revealed at an exclusive awards dinner to be held on April 21, 2005, in London.

    Rising Stars is a unique chance to celebrate the people who are making a difference and to commend the companies that are driving them on. For more information or to nominate a Rising Star, please contact Stephen Briers, AM editor, on 01733 468261, email or Martin Bohling, email:

    Who are the judges?

    Roger Putnam, Ford of Britain chairman

    Roger Putnam became Ford of Britain chairman in 2002. Previously Jaguar director of sales, a period in which sales trebled, Roger started his automotive career at Lotus in 1966 and was running its global sales and marketing aged 28.

  • Roger will chair the Rising Stars awards judging.

    Peter Phillips, GMAC European leasing chief finance officer

    Peter Phillips has worked for General Motors’ finance team since ’88 in UK, Switzerland, France and Germany, latterly as Vectra platform finance director. Appointed Interleasing CFO in 2001, and in 2004 GMAC European Full Service Leasing CFO, he is part of the team creating an EU integrated business.

    Adrian Joseph, marketing director, trafficmaster

    Adrian Joseph is group sales & marketing at Trafficmaster and was instrumental in delivering rapid and profitable growth since joining 13 months ago.

    Adrian also has five years’ consulting experience in the automotive practice of AT Kearney and has held a number of sales and marketing positions at Ford.

    Stuart Dyble, PAG & Ford of Europe VP of communications

    Stuart Dyble was appointed to his current role in August 2004 after two years as communications and PR director for Jaguar, Land Rover and the Premier Automotive Group (PAG). He has global responsibility for communications for PAG, Volvo and Aston Martin. Oversaw Focus launch in 1998.

    Nick Smith, Inchcape plc global HR director

    Appointed in Jan 2003, Nick Smith manages a large team of human resources personnel across the globe and has introduced several staff benefits at Inchcape, including training and development programmes and incentive schemes. Previously vice- president, human resources, at Cable & Wireless.

    Neil Burrows, Goodyear Dunlop group marketing director

    Neil Burrows joined the Goodyear Dunlop group in September 2003 from Nissan Europe where he was responsible for brand development and marketing mmunications.

    Previously head of marketing at Audi UK, Neil has held several marketing and sales roles during his 24 years in the automotive industry.

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