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Martin Smith to retire as Ford Europe’s Head of Design, replaced by Joel Piaskowski

Published by on Jun 1, 2014 in News Leave a comment

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It looks like this summer brings a lot of changes to Ford’s management. After the Dearborn carmaker announced Alan Mulally stepping down as CEO starting with July 1, his place being taken by current COO Mark Fields, Ford revealed another important change. Martin Smith, the man who led Ford of Europe’s creation department for the past 10 years, has announced its retirement at the end of this year.

Smith leaves the car industry at the age of 64 and perhaps his most important legacy is the “Kinetic Design”, a styling philosophy that was applied to a wide lineup of past and current Ford models. More exactly, the designer is directly responsible for bestsellers such as the Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus, first generation S-Max and Kuga, not to mention the fourth-generation Mondeo and the second-generation C-Max. Besides these production models, Smith also led the design work on concept cars such as Iosis, Iosis X, Iosis Max, Verve, Evos and S-Max Concept.

According to Ford’s official announcement, Martin Smith’s place as Ford of Europe’s Head of Design will be taken by Joel Piaskowski, current leader of the carmaker’s Strategic Concepts Group. After working for Hyundai, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz, Piaskowski joined Ford in 2010 and was responsible for creating some popular models such as the new Ford Mustang or the new Ford F-150 truck. He will start acting as Head of Design next summer, in July, while Smith will continue working on a development project until the end of 2014.

Source: Ford

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