Mitsubishi Motors has announced that Alessandro Dambrosio will join the firm as executive design director of advanced design in October 2018.
The brand says the 45-year-old former Volkswagen Group executive will lead teams at three design studios and report directly to Tsunehiro Kunimoto, Mitsuibishi’s corporate vice president of the design division.
"Alessandro is a very experienced and skilled designer with a long career at leading car companies," said Kunimoto. "I look forward to him inspiring our teams to shape the next generation of Mitsubishi design and contributing to rebuild and enhance the Mitsubishi Motors brand as we aim for global growth.
"Alessandro is joining at an exciting time when we are working on concepts for the future of Mitsubishi Motors styling. With his passion and well-developed understanding of brand values, he will be an extremely valuable addition to our design team."
The Milan-born Dambrosio started his career with the Fiat Group, spending almost eight years at Alfa Romeo as chief designer (where he was responsible for the design of production vehicles like the 159, Giulietta and Mito).
He was subsequently head of Maserati design before joining the Volkswagen Group, where he worked on vehicles such as the Volkswagen Polo, Bentley Bentayga and Audi A4.
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