Chinese brand JAC has announced that Italian Daniele Gaglione has taken over as General Manager of their Turin design studio and Design Director. Lou Tik, the previous incumbent, (who we interviewed here and here), is apparently no longer with the company.
Gaglione, born in Imperia, Italy in 1974, studied Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Genoa and after completing a work experience period with Des-Tech studio in Florence, was employed as an exterior designer at Alfa Romeo’s styling centre in Arese.
There he contributed to projects such as the 166, 159, Giulietta, 8C Competizione and 8C Spider under the supervision of Wolfgang Egger, and in 2008 assumed the role of Exterior Design Chief for Alfa Romeo, contributing to the Mito GTA, and initial research on the Giulia, Stelvio and 4C.
In September 2011 Gaglione left FCA to become Chief Designer at JAC’s Italy Design Centre, and in July 2015 was promoted to Brand Global Design Director, with a brief of giving JAC passenger cars a new brand identity. The JAC S2, S3, S5, SC-9 Concept (here’s more on that car), SC-5 Concept and S4 projects were all developed under his direction.