Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group, has been voted 2020 World Car Person of the Year by a jury of 86 international automotive journalists from 24 countries, all around the world.
Tavares is scheduled to receive the award as part of the World Car Awards’ 2020 awards ceremony at the opening breakfast and press conference for the New York International Auto Show, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Tavares’ many significant accomplishments over the past year earned him the win over several other impressive auto industry executives, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs from all around the globe.
Among his accomplishments, as CEO of PSA Group, Tavares has made its several brands respected world-class players, returned the company to profitability, and returned Opel, which it acquired from GM, to profitability in record time.
Perhaps most noteworthy of all, he negotiated the forthcoming merger of PSA and FCA, which will create the fourth-largest automaker in the world by volume and will better balance the combined entity’s global presence, all while masterminding the integration of electrification and mobility and strengthening market development in China and beyond.
“The results speak for themselves,” said the World Car Awards in a press release announcing Tavares as the winner.
One WCA juror commented, “His calm, dignified, modest and highly effective approach puts some other executives to shame. At the heart of (his success) is an understanding of customer needs, but it's all backed with incredible business acumen. That he still manages to be a decent bloke is icing on the cake!”
In response to the announcement, Tavares said, “It is a great honour to receive this prestigious award which I wish to dedicate to all the employees of the Groupe PSA, to its responsible and demanding social partners and to the supervisory board which guarantees effective governance. Because among our values, "win together, agility, efficiency" include the strength of the collective power, it is in the name all of us that I accept your honour with humility.”
Previous World Car Person of the Year recipients were Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group (2018) and the late Sergio Marchionne, CEO, FCA; Chairman, CNH Industrial; and Chairman and CEO, Ferrari (2019).
The World Car Person of the Year award is one of six awards handed out annually by the World Car Awards. The awards were officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry.