12. LOWIE VERMEERSCH (36, Belgian)
Design director, Pininfarina
Key cars: Nido, Maserati Birdcage 75th, Ferrari 458 Italia
Rising to director of the revered Italian design house in 2007 at just 33, Vermeersch has been involved in stunning production Ferraris, awesome concepts (Nido, Sintesi, 2uettottanta), mainstream cars for emerging brands (Brilliance, Chery, and Tata), plus confidential work for established carmakers. As Vermeersch puts it, he acts "as a sparring partner to give new ideas and an outside view." Vital.