8. John Krafcik: Hyundai
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Krafcik's golden career cruise -- from MIT researcher to Hyundai Motor America CEO and president -- hit a rock in 2012 when the Korean automaker was found to be overstating mileage claims on 11 of its models. It didn't help that Krafcik had been heard in the past to disparage the mileage claims of other manufacturers. The brouhaha didn't noticeably slow Hyundai's ascent -- sales up 17% in December -- but you can bet Krafcik will be watching the mileage numbers -- and everything else -- more closely in 2013.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 30 2013 06:33 AM ET
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