Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations, and managing executive officer, Mazda Motor Corp., was named 2009 Automotive Executive of the Year.
The award recognizes excellence in automotive leadership, honoring those individuals with “staying power” who emerge from the crowd as survivors, thinkers and doers. The Automotive Executive of the year Award nominating committee is comprised of automotive industry media, various industry analysts, and automotive supplier CEOs.
Past winners include Carroll Shelby, Henry Ford II, Bill Ford, Jr., Jim Press, Roger Smith, Lee Iacocca, John DeLorean and former Mazda Motor Corp. President Kenichi Yamamoto.
“As a native Detroiter with a strong background in the actual sales process, coupled with a lean inventory, a solid partnership with JP Morgan Chase, and a great market offering in the MAZDA3, Jim is the ideal candidate for the 2009 Automotive Executive of the Year,” said Robert Djurovic, executive director of the Automotive Executive of the Year award program.