Ford Europe has new design chief image

The European unit of Ford has announced that its new design team boss would be Joel Piaskowski, which is succeeding Martin Smith, on its way to retirement.

According to a statement of the company, Martin Smith, 64, would be succeeded by Piaskowski, 45, with years of international automotive experience since July 1st. The new executive currently leads Ford’s US-based strategic concepts group, and among his most important duties to date was to head the team that underpinned the newly unveiled Mustang muscle car and F-150 best-selling pick-up truck.

“Joel’s international experience and product versatility are particularly important as we continue to leverage our design talent around the globe,” said Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design.

Reporting to both Callum and Ford of Europe product development chief Joe Bakaj, Piaskowski’s duties will make him lead all design initiatives for concept and production vehicles in Europe, as well as support the global design team when coming up with ideas that also affect his region.

Smith, who is to retire at the end of the year would move to working closely with Callum on a new project that is slated to study Ford’s future design directions, after previously underpinning Ford’s latest European “kinetic design” language.

Via Automotive News Europe