Greatest achievement: To work at VW with an absolute giant in the field such as Walter De' Silva and with Wolfgang Egger, who is my mentor and a great friend.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I have always been attracted to the designs of things in motion, particularly automobiles. My first job was a one-year program at the Alfa Romeo styling center in 1999.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: To work at VW with an absolute giant in the field such as Walter De' Silva and with Wolfgang Egger, who is my mentor and a great friend.
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: There was a stunning Alfa Romeo product that never entered production.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: Helping De' Silva keep track of the more than 100 design projects going on right now at the VW Group's many brands.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: How advanced the auto sector is at creating new products.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: A new-car design should be timeless and remain true to the brand's DNA.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: To roll up his sleeves, work hard and remain humble.
Q: IF YOU WERE CEO OF A COMPANY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
A: I would call VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn to ask for tips on how to make an automaker successful.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: To have a job that lets me keep my current level of freedom to do quality work.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: I relax by working. I also enjoy kickboxing.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: VW Golf GTI (1st generation).
Q: CURRENT CAR?
A: VW Golf R (6th generation).