Anne Asensio

Designer -- General Motors Corp. -- France

She made such a splash in Europe with her auto designs that General Motors Corp. has just hired her away. Anne Asensio, 37, is the woman behind Renault's Megane Scenic compact minivan. The rounded, high-topped model was voted European Car of the Year in 1997 by the Continent's car journalists, and it has been a huge moneymaker for the French company. Asensio designed the concept car that became the top-selling Megane Scenic back in 1990. She was just starting work on the next generation of Meganes when she got the call from GM.

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