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TORONTO: World Car Awards (WCA) jurors have voted PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares as the 2020 World Car Person of the Year.
Tavares is expected to receive the award at the 2020 New York International Auto Show. The show, scheduled for April, has been postponed to August because of the Covid-19 scare.
Tavares was picked in a secret ballot by 86 jurors who hail from 24 countries.
Tavares’ many accomplishments over the past year made him the jurors’ choice over several other auto industry executives, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs from all around the globe.
Among his accomplishments was making PSA brands profitable. He also negotiated a merger of PSA and FCA that will create the fourth-largest automaker in the world by volume.
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“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," said Tavares.
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 inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognise, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry.