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TORINO, Italy, Feb. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Pininfarina appoints world-renowned automotive designer Felix Kilbertus as its new creative director. Felix will be the creative and strategic guide at the Group level in all aspects of Design (Mobility, Product and Experience Design and Architecture). Reporting directly to CEO Silvio Angori, he will oversee all Pininfarina design teams located in their geographic areas (Italy, China, United States).
At Pininfarina, Felix will join a multicultural roster of stylists and designers with rare and valuable skills. Together, they will solidify the company's global leadership position in design and focus on guiding clients into the future of mobility, architecture and experience design. Pininfarina's roadmap incorporates the future needs of society and its citizens and places the ongoing melding of physical and digital realities, the phygital nature of design development, at its center.
With a 20-year career in automotive design, Félix most recently held the position of Head of Exterior Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, where he has been responsible for the design development of the brand's product range since 2017, leading a team of creatives in Munich, Germany and Goodwood, UK. Previously, Félix held senior design positions at Renault, Nissan, Fiat and also at Pininfarina, where he was lead 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 completing a Master's in Transportation Design (Strate College, France) and Industrial Design (UAID, Austria). In 2003, he started as an exterior designer at Renault Design, where he held positions in various studios until 2011, focusing on advanced and production designs. From 2008 to 2010, he joined the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan, as part of an exchange within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, working on concepts for the Nissan and Infiniti brands.
In 2011, he joined the Pininfarina design center in Cambiano, Torino, as team leader for the development of automotive exterior design. Among other projects, he led the design process and exterior styling of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé concept, unveiled at Villa D'Este 2013. His design adventure continued at FIAT Centro Stile in Turin, with a new challenge: from 2014 to 2017, Felix worked as head of exterior design responsible for the development of the exterior design of passenger cars for the Fiat brand.
Effective April 17, 2023, Felix will replace Kevin Rice, who left the company last December.
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