Automotive News Rising Stars is an annual program recognizing North American automotive executives in middle and upper management who are likely to grow in influence and prominence, together with the companies who are nurturing that future leadership talent. 

Rising Stars honors auto executives who are young, entrepreneurial-minded and possess the skills and talent needed to become industry leaders of tomorrow.

Who can become a Rising Star?

A candidate may nominate him/herself or be nominated by a colleague, manager or mentor via this website. To qualify, candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience, and be 45 years of age or younger on January 1, 2017. The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2016.

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* I would like to nominate:

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* Nominated by:

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* In 50 words or less, tell us why the nominee should be considered for the Rising Stars Award:

Thank you for participating in the search for the best and brightest young people working among automotive MANUFACTURERS and SUPPLIERS.

To learn more about the Rising Stars program, and read about previous year honorees, click here.

Our annual search for young superstars on the retail side of the industry will get underway in the spring. Please hold your RETAIL nominations until the call for nominations for "40 Under 40 Retail" is announced in early 2017.