Volvo picks former Skoda styling boss Ingenlath to lead design
FRANKFURT -- Volvo named former Skoda design boss Thomas Ingenlath as the automaker's new design chief.
Effective July 1, Ingenlath will succeed Peter Horbury, who was named senior vice president of design at Volvo sister brand Geely Group last October.
Ingenlath joins Volvo after working for two decades of styling cars for the Volkswagen Group.
Ingenlath's last job at VW was head of the group's design center in Potsdam, Germany, where since 2006 he has be working on styling for all of the company's brands.
Prior to that Ingenlath's spend six years as head of design boss at Skoda. The 48-year-old executive also has worked in the design departments at VW brand (1995-2000) and Audi (1991-1994).
In a statement, Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said Ingenlath "is one of the most exciting automotive designers today and will play a central role in Volvo's development toward becoming a top-tier luxury auto brand."
Thomas Ingenlath succeeds Peter Horbury, who is now senior vice president design at Geely Group.
Ingenlath studied design at the Fachhochschule fuer Gestaltung in Pforzheim, Germany, and the Royal College of Art in London.
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