TURIN – Mitsubishi Motors has recruited former Maserati and Audi designer Alessandro Dambrosio as executive design director.
Dambrosio will lead Mitsubishi’s three advanced design studios in Okazaki and Tokyo, Japan, and in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dambrosio will take up the post in October, Mitsubishi said. He will report directly to Tsunehiro Kunimoto, Mitsubishi’s design chief.
During his career Dambrosio worked for Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Lancia before joining Volkswagen Group in late 2009.
Among the projects Dambrosio worked on at Fiat Group were concept cars such as the 2002 Lancia Granturismo, Alfa Kamal and Maserati MC. He contributed to production models such as the Alfa 159, Giulietta and Mito and the Maserati Grancabrio.
While at VW Group, Dambrosio worked on the VW Polo and Passat, Bentley Bentayga, Audi A4, A5 and the Concept Audi TT Sportback. He was responsible for the Lamborghini Egoista Concept, a one-off project for the brand’s 50th anniversary.
At VW Group, he worked as an assistant to former design chief Walter de Silva, and also headed the automaker’s design center in Brunswick, Germany, and Audi’s concept design studio in Munich.
Dambrosio was named an Automotive News Europe Rising Star in 2011.