GM Design changes

GM have just let out a press release detailing some design staffing changes.

The most significant change that might effect Saab is the shift of Brian Nesbitt from GME to GMNA. As it’s 12.30am and I can’t be arsed, I’d hazard a guess and say that Nesbitt, whilst head of design at GME, was the final go-to guy on the Aero-X (though most of the hard yards were done by Anthony Lo, Alex Daniel and co.)

There’s no-one listed as taking Nesbitt’s place at GME. Perhaps interviews are coming up???

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General Motors Design today announced significant organizational and leadership changes created to enhance and accelerate GM’s global product development.

“These changes to our Design organization will allow us to better support GM’s global business strategies,” said Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Global Design. “The result is a more streamlined organization that fully leverages the broad and deep resources throughout our 11 global design studios.”

Effective June 1, 2007:

* Bryan Nesbitt, currently Executive Director of Design for GME, is appointed to the new position of GMNA Vice President of Design for North America . He will be based in Warren, MI and report to Ed Welburn.

* Mark Adams, currently Director of Exterior Design for GM Europe, is appointed to GM Europe Vice President of Design. He will be based in Russelsheim, Germany and report to Ed Welburn.

* Kenneth Parkinson, currently Executive Director of Body on Frame Architectures, is appointed Asia Pacific Vice President of Design, replacing David Lyon. He will be based in Shanghai, China and will report to Ed Welburn.

* Michael Simcoe, currently Executive Director of Body on Frame Integral, will become responsible for all exterior design in North America and is appointed Executive Director of Exterior Design for North America . Michael will report to Bryan Nesbitt.

Effective July 1, 2007:

* David Lyon, currently Executive Director of Design for Asia Pacific, is appointed Executive Director of Interior Design for North America, replacing David Rand. He will report to Bryan Nesbitt.

Effective August 1, 2007:

* David Rand, currently Executive Director of Interior Design for North America, is appointed Executive Director of Global Advanced Design. He will report to Ed Welburn.

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  1. “There’s no-one listed as taking Nesbitt’s place at GME. Perhaps interviews are coming up ???”

    Mauer …… Mauer ….. Mauer ….. Mauer …..

  2. SG, I think I read/heard somewhere that Mauer isn’t happy at Porsche as they are not moving forward with design proposals. Instead they are playing things safe with the same ‘look’ and not stepping out of their safe zone.

    Possibly just rumours.

  3. I’m assuming that “Executive Director of Design for GME” is roughly equivalent to “GM Europe Vice President of Design”. To me, it seems that Mr. Adams will be assuming greater responsibilities (perhaps doing both his old job and Mr. Nesbitt’s old job) therefore the title changed to reflect that?

    Otherwise, this is just musical chairs.

    I will say this: GM Europe has better-looking cars than GM North America. Perhaps that’s the reasoning. Additionally, the Saturn Aura (which is an Opel) has been selling very well here in the US. I’ll bet that has a lot to do with this.

  4. Can someone just explain to me, is the aura just a rebadged opel, and if so what model is it? It does not look like a vectra to me.

    Mauer back would be nice, but antony Lo has done a great job too!

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