KIA Motor has announced Pierre Leclercq as its new head of styling based at the Namyang design headquarters. In his new role he will be responsible for developing Kia’s long-term design strategy, and lead design for exteriors, interiors, materials and textiles. He will also work to strengthen design co-operation between Kia’s global design network, which is made up of design studios in the USA, Europe and China, as well as Korea.
Leclerq takes up his assignment at the end of September and he will work with Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, and Seon Ho Youn, Head of Kia Design Center in Korea.
“I have watched the development of the Kia brand closely, and I couldn’t be more excited to become a part of this innovative design team.” Mr. Leclercq said. “Kia has built a reputation for placing design at the heart of new car development, and I’m eager to work with the talented designers who have made the Kia brand synonymous with bold, energetic and modern vehicle design.”
Leclercq graduated in 1998 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in the USA with a degree in Transportation Design. He began his design career in Italy at Zagato followed by Ford’s Ghia studio, then went on to work for BMW in California and Munich as an exterior designer before becoming the head of design for the M performance sub-brand. Mr. Leclercq joins Kia from his latest position as Head of Design for Great Wall Motors.