CEO, Fisker Automotive
Like many entrepreneurs before him, car designer Fisker had big plans for the company he co-founded, and he dreamed of producing 100,000 cars a year. But styling a beautiful car was the easy part of the job, and Fisker Automotive was derailed by technical problems with its plug-in hybrid drive system and the bankruptcy of a key battery supplier. No cars have been built for weeks now, and the money is running out. Fisker turned the CEO job over to a production expert in 2012 and left the company entirely this March over strategic differences as his successors frantically searched for additional financing from overseas sources.
Top executives from the world's biggest automakers have a lot to prove in this year.