In another design shake-up at the Nissan/Mitsubishi consortium, it’s been officially confirmed that Alessandro Dambrosio is to join Mitsubishi as Executive Design Director of Advanced Design in October. He will lead teams at three studios - Okazaki in Japan, Tokyo and Frankfurt – and report to Tsunehiro Kunimoto, Corporate Vice President of MMC’s design division.
Dambrosio, from Milan, started his career at Fiat in Centro Stile Lancia, and spent almost eight years at Alfa Romeo as Chief Designer. He was subsequently head of Maserati Design, before joining the VW Group as head of their Audi Concept Design Studio in Munich.
“Alessandro is a very experienced and skilled designer with a long career at leading car companies,” said Kunimoto. ”I look forward to him inspiring our teams to shape the next generation of Mitsubishi Design and contributing to rebuild and enhance the Mitsubishi Motors Brand. He is joining at an exciting time when we are working on concepts for the future of Mitsubishi Motors styling. With his passion and well-developed understanding of brand values, he will be an extremely valuable addition to our design team.”
This follows the move of Infiniti designer Seiji Watanabe to Mitsubishi earlier in the year, which we reported on here. The brand seems to be undergoing somewhat of a renaissance after a rather creatively stagnant period, with its first concept car for quite a while appearing at the Tokyo show last year.