MILAN -- Lancia will get some top-level styling help for its next-generation models from Jean-Pierre Ploue, who is chief design officer at the Italian automaker’s parent, Stellantis.
Ploue, 58, who started his career at Renault in 1985, “will personally supervise” the creation of Lancia’s new products along with a “lean and focused team” of young designers based at Torino Centro Stile studio in Turin, Stellantis said in a release.
After a decade at Renault, where he contributed to the designs of the first generations of the Twingo and Megane, as well as stops at Volkswagen and Ford of Europe, he joined PSA Group in 1999.
He started as head of the Citroen design center, where he was responsible for rejuvenating the brand's image. At Citroen he oversaw the launch of models such as the C4 compact, the second-generation C5 midsize family, the C6 large sedan and the DS 3.
He was promoted in 2009 to director of design for the PSA Group. Following the merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in January, which created Stellantis, Ploue was named global head of design for the automaker’s European volume brands: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Lancia, Opel/Vauxhall and Peugeot.