Pierre Leclercq has been appointed Citroën Head of Design. He will replace the long-serving Alexandre Malval, who has been poached by Daimler to run their new Nice studio after joining PSA in 2001 and leading Citroën design since 2012.
Leclercq, 46 and Belgian-born, studied at Art Center in Pasadena, graduating in 1998. After a short stint at Ford’s Ghia studio in Italy he joined BMW, where he worked on exterior design projects in California and Munich for the BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini brands. In 2011 he was appointed as lead designer of the BMW M brand. In 2013, he moved over to Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors as design director, heading up the design on their series of Haval and Wey SUVs among others (his replacement there was recently announced), then almost exactly a year ago he was appointed Head of Styling at Kia, where he worked with Peter Schreyer.
Leclercq’s job will start on 1November , and he will be reporting to Jean-Pierre Ploué, Groupe PSA Head of Design.
In a generous tribute, Citroën CEO Linda Jackson said: “I would like to thank Alexandre Malval for his contribution to the renewal of Citroën styling and for the high quality of our discussions. I wish him well for the rest of his career.
“With the appointment of Pierre Leclercq as Citroën Head of Design,” she continued, “I am fully confident in our ability to start a new cycle of creativity to offer models with even stronger design while continuing to embody the focus on comfort that is so central to the brand.”
PSA Head of Design Jean-Pierre Ploué commented: “I am very proud that Pierre Leclercq is joining us, with a strong reputation in the global automotive industry. I am convinced that he will bring all his talent for the Citroën brand and more broadly his international experience in the design direction of the PSA Group.”
We’ll be catching up with senior PSA people at next week’s Paris show, and when we do we’ll bring you more details.