New design chief at Citroen has worked for Ghia, BMW, Great Wall and Kia

New design chief at Citroen has worked for Ghia, BMW, Great Wall and Kia

Former BMW, Kia and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq has been named head of design for the Citroen brand from 1 November.

He replaces Alexandre Malval, who has left PSA.

Belgian Leclercq studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California and earned a degree in transportation design in 1998.

After a period at Ford's Ghia studio in Italy, in 2000 he joined the BMW Group working in California and Munich. Here he worked on exterior design projects for the BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini brands. In 2011, he took the lead in the design of BMW M cars.

In 2013, he was named design director of China's Great Wall Motors, and in 2017, he named design director of Kia Motors in South Korea.

In his new role he will report to Jean-Pierre Ploue, PSA group's head of design. Malval, who he replaces, has been with PSA since 2001 was Citroen head of design from June 2012..

"I would like to thank Alexandre Malval for his contribution to the renewal of Citroen styling and for the high quality of our discussions. I wish him well for the rest of his career. With the appointment of Pierre Leclercq as head of design, I am fully confident in our ability to start a new cycle of creativity to offer models with even stronger design while continuing to embody the focus on comfort that is so central to the brand", said Linda Jackson, Citroen CEO.

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