TORINO, Italy, April 20 /PRNewswire/
Pininfarina has appointed world-renowned automotive designer Felix Kilbertus as its new creative head. Felix will be the group-wide creative and strategic lead on all aspects of design (mobility, product and experience design and architecture). He will report directly to CEO Silvio Angori, and will oversee all Pininfarina design teams in their respective geographies (Italy, China, US).
At Pininfarina, Felix will join a multicultural team of designers and designers with rare and valuable skills. Together, they will solidify the company’s global design leadership and focus on pioneering clients in the future of mobility, architecture, and experiential design. Pininfarina’s action plan incorporates the future needs of society and citizens, and focuses on the continuous integration of physical and digital reality – the phygital nature of design evolution.
In his 20-year career in automotive design, Felix most recently held the position of Head of Exterior Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2017, where he was responsible for developing the design of the brand’s product range and leading a team of creatives in Munich, Germany and Goodwood UK, chaired by. Felix previously held senior design positions at Renault, Nissan, Fiat and Pininfarina, where he was a Senior Designer from 2011 to 2014.
Born in Austria 44 years ago, his creative journey has taken him to France, Japan, Italy and Germany. He began his long and distinguished international career after obtaining master’s degrees in Transportation Design (College of Strat, France) and Industrial Design (UAID, Austria). In 2003, he started as an exterior designer at Renault Design, where he worked in various studios until 2011, focusing on advanced design and production design. From 2008 to 2010, he worked on concepts for the Nissan and Infiniti brands as part of an exchange within the Renault-Nissan Alliance at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.
In 2011 he moved to the Pininfarina Design Center in Cambiano, Turin, as team leader to develop the vehicle’s exterior design. Among other things, he led the process and exterior design of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé concept model presented at Villa D’Este 2013. His design adventure continued at the FIAT Centro Stile in Turin with a new challenge: from 2014 to 2017 Felix was Chief Designer The outsiders responsible for developing the exterior design of Fiat-branded passenger cars.
Effective April 17, 2023, Felix succeeds Kevin Rice, who left the company the previous December.
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