Former design director Ford moves to NissanJune 14, 2019
Former American brand design director David Woodhouse will now lead the design work of the Japanese automaker Nissan in North America.
The Japanese automaker announced that David Woodhouse joined the company as vice president of Nissan Design America, leading all aspects of creating a design for the Nissan brand and its premium division Infiniti in North America. This position also places Woodhouse on Nissan’s global project management committee.
The announcement is the second unexpected step against Mr. Woodhouse in recent days. Last week, Automotive News reported that car tycoon unexpectedly resigned from American Ford, where he spent more than 20 years in various design positions.
He resigned as automaker’s global design director, and he played an important role in recent projects of the more premium Lincoln, including concept cars from the Continental sedan and Aviator crossover. Serial versions of these cars have received praise among the automotive press.
“Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Nissan Design America, I am pleased to announce that David Woodhouse will lead and inspire our talented team in San Diego,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design for Nissan. “David’s talent, leadership and vision ensure that we can form an exciting future for Infiniti and Nissan brands, as well as innovative concepts of customer interaction for years to come.”
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