11. JEAN-PIERRE PLOUE (47, French)
Group design director, PSA Peugeot Citroen
Key cars: Renault Argos, Citroen C4 Picasso
Ploue started at Renault on the acclaimed original Twingo (with Patrick le Quement as chief designer) and then the 1994 Argos -- Renault's TT. In eight years as Citroen's design director, he added flair (C2, current C3, C4, C4 Picasso, and C6) where once there was despair (Xsara, Xantia, etc.). He's been in overall charge of Peugeot and Citroen since 2008. French design future looks bright.