Automotive Hall of Fame Reveals 2020 Inductees

Feb 7, 2020

Mong-Koo Chung, Thomas Gallagher, Jay Leno and Helene Rother have been revealed as the 2020 inductees, the Automotive Hall of Fame has announced.

Harold Goddijn will also be awarded Mobility Innovator on Thursday, July 23, 2020, during the induction ceremony at the MGM Grand Detroit, in Detroit, Michigan.

The Automotive Hall of Fame’s 2020 Inductees include: Mong-Koo Chung, Chairman and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company; Thomas Gallagher, former CEO of Genuine Parts Company; Jay Leno, automotive heritage leadership through his Jay Leno’s Garage series on CNBC; and Helene Rother, one of the first women in automotive interior design for General Motors, Nash Motors, and others.

“Since 1939, the Automotive Hall of Fame has honored individuals who have significantly benefited the automotive industry and the world of mobility. We are excited to announce our 2020 Inductee Class,” said Ramzi Hermiz, Chairman of the Automotive Hall of Fame and President and CEO of Shiloh Industries. “We believe that these four individuals are incredibly worthy of this honor thanks to their outstanding achievements and innovations.”

Induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame is reserved for noteworthy individuals who created, shaped and changed the automotive and mobility market.

2020 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductees

Mong-Koo Chung

Chairman Mong-Koo Chung is the leader credited with the success of Hyundai Motor Group. Through Chung’s leadership, Hyundai Motor became Korea’s largest automaker and Hyundai Motor Group is now the world’s fifth largest automotive company.

Thomas Gallagher

Thomas Gallagher led Genuine Parts Company (GPC) as President or CEO for more than 25 years, guiding the organization through a period of robust growth and long-term value creation for the company’s customers, independent stores and repair shops, suppliers, and stakeholders.

Jay Leno

On his CNBC primetime series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” Jay takes fast and furious car fans for a high-octane spin across the country with a mix of stunts, reviews, celebrity interviews and challenges. There’s no wheel Jay won’t get behind to tell the story of our love affair with the automobile. The CNBC show is an outgrowth of the Emmy Award winning “Jay Leno’s Garage” digital series. Leno has dedicated a lifetime to sharing the stories of all things automotive from classic cars to supercars and everything in-between. He has showcased technology, innovation and the colorful history of the automobile inspiring viewers to enjoy automobiles, from the most prosaic to the most exotic.

Helene Rother

Helene Rother became one of the first female automotive designers when she joined the interior styling staff of General Motors in Detroit in 1942. Helene achieved a successful career in automotive design at a time when- as one author put it – the glass ceiling couldn’t be seen through the iron door that covered it. In 1947, she established her own design studio and was soon selected by Nash-Kelvinator as their interior automotive designer. Helene Rother helped shift the standard of automotive design, post WWII, from basic and simple to elegant and unique. This focus on design and quality features helped establish a new segment in the automobile market with her work on the Nash Rambler from 1948-1956.

The 2020 Mobility Innovator awardee is Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom and a member of its Management Board. He is an entrepreneur and innovator who co-founded TomTom in 1991, having previously founded Psion Netherlands BV in 1989 as a joint venture with Psion Plc. TomTom created the easy-to-use navigation device, one of the most influential inventions of all time.