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Phillip A. Zak new
Director Exterior Design, GM Europe / Friedhelm Engler new
Director of PATAC Design, China
Phillip A. Zak (42)
has been appointed Director Exterior Design for GM Europe as of
August 1. He will head the exterior design of the Opel, Vauxhall
and Saab brands as well as the design of certain Saturn products
for North America. Zak succeeds Mark Adams, who was named Vice
President of Design for GM Europe on June 1, 2007.
Zak held the position of Exterior Design Director of
General Motors Global Compact Utility Studio at the GM
North American Design Center. As of 1991, he has worked
in several senior positions within the GM Design
organization establishing new design directions for
brands like Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Opel.
Zak graduated from
the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree
in Fine Arts with a major in Industrial Design. He earned a Gund
Traveling Scholarship which is the highest award given to a
graduate. Among others Zak was part of the Saturn Prevue Concept
program as well as being responsible for the Pontiac G6 sedan
design direction, Pontiac GXP Performance line and other Pontiac
concepts vehicles like the REV.
“The two appointments
clearly demonstrate our global approach at GM Design. In our eleven
design studios around the world we continuously challenge our selves to
create high quality brand focused designs” says Mark Adams, Vice
President of Design for GM Europe.
In 2006, GME greatly
expanded its design operations in a new, world-class facility in
Rüsselsheim which houses more than 350 design specialists from advanced
and production design, while also providing a direct link and increased
synergies between advanced engineering, product planning and the brands.
(43) has been appointed Director of Design for the Pan Asian
Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), based in Shanghai, China.
Effective August 1, he is responsible for all design related
activities of this 50-50 joint venture between General Motors
and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC).
from the Pforzheim Institute of Design Engler spent three years
in Japan as a product-designer developing designs for the
European and Asian market. In 1992 he joined GM and since then
has worked in several senior positions. In 2000 Engler was
appointed Chief Designer for compact cars. Among several others,
key Models that Engler led the design of include the latest
generation of Opel/Vauxhall Astra Models, the Opel/Vauxhall
Meriva and before that the third generation of the Opel/Vauxhall
August 5, 2007