General Motors is transferring Opel's design chief to the United States to lead Cadillac and Buick styling and is moving the head of Buick and GMC styling to the top design post in Europe.
Mark Adams is the new global design director for Cadillac and Buick. He will be based at GM's design operations in suburban Detroit. GM has relied heavily on groundwork laid by its Opel/Vauxhall unit in Europe as it makes over its Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles.
London-born Adams, 50, joined Opel from Ford of Europe in 2002 as exterior design director. He was promoted to design chief in 2007 and led the development of a new styling direction for the brand, which began with the Insignia midsized car.
Adams will be replaced as Opel's design chief by David Lyon, who has been overseeing designs for Buick and GMC and GM's North American interiors.
Lyon, 43, designed models such as the Buick Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano and Riviera concepts, as well as the Chevrolet Volt, Corvette, Cadillac CTS, Escalade and Silverado.