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GM's Bryan Nesbitt named chief Buick stylist in design shuffle
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Mike Colias
June 4, 2015
General Motors has assigned Bryan Nesbitt the new global head of design for Buick amid a broader shuffling of design executives at the company.[imgalign=left][/imgalign]

Nesbitt is returning to the U.S. after nearly four years in China, where he led design for GM's international operations division -- made up of dozens of Asian markets -- and most recently was in charge of design at GM China.

Buick is continuing to build out its lineup both in the U.S. and China, where it was No. 4 in sales last year. Buick hinted at a possible future flagship sedan when it showed the Avenir concept at the Detroit auto show.

Nesbitt, 46, shot to fame when he penned Chrysler's retro-styled PT Cruiser, which debuted in 2000 and initially commanded large premiums over sticker price. He joined GM in 2001 and went on to lead teams that designed the 2007 Saturn Aura, 2008 Buick Enclave, 2013 Cadillac ATS and 2014 Cadillac Escalade.

Nesbitt also served as executive director of design at GM Europe in the mid-2000s and was Cadillac's brand chief during a seven-month stint in 2009-10.

He replaces Andrew Smith, also 46, who has led global design for both Buick and Cadillac since September 2013.

Smith remains executive director of Cadillac design globally. That will keep the Aussie and former head of Holden design busy: Cadillac plans to introduce eight new models by 2020.

Replacing Nesbitt as vice president of design for GM China is Ken Parkinson, 52, who most recently was executive director of design for Chevy trucks.

That leaves GM design veteran John Cafaro, 60, as executive director of Chevrolet globally. He previously had been in charge of Chevy cars, splitting leadership of Chevy design with Parkinson.

Parkinson previously was head of design for GM’s international operations in Shanghai, from 2007 to 2011.

"The leadership structure continues to emphasize each of our global brands," a GM spokesman said.

Cafaro has been with GM for nearly 40 years and was lead designer on the fifth-generation Corvette, which went on sale in 1997.

The changes took effect June 1.

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I certainly hope Buick continues on with it's current design theme. They've got some of the most beautifully styled cars on the road today in my opinion.
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