Brian Nesbitt

General Motors has announced some changes at the top of its design group, led by Brian Nesbitt. The 42-year-old Nesbitt will be shipped off to Shanghai to become vice president of GMIO design, trading places with Ken Parkinson, who will assume the title of director of North American exterior design. Nesbitt will also double as the brand champion for Wuling and Baojun, while Parkinson will step in as the champion of the Chevrolet brand.The move will give Nesbitt experience in the Far East; an important feather in any executive cap. The design shakeup won't become official until the first of August.

Global design boss Ed Welburn sounds excited (in a very management changes kind of way...) about the moves, adding that the swap will "continue to position GM's Global Design organization to provide the company with a compelling vision for future vehicle designs and the excellent execution of GM products." Hit the jump to read over the GM press release.
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WARREN, Mich. – GM's Global Design organization announced today that Bryan Nesbitt, executive director – North American Exterior Design and Global Architecture Strategy, is appointed vice president of GMIO Design.

Nesbitt will relocate to Shanghai, China, and serve as the lead voice for Design in the GMIO region as well as serve as the "Brand Champion" for Wuling and Baojun.

Ken Parkinson, currently Vice President of GMIO Design, will repatriate to the United States and become Executive Director, North American Exterior Design and Global Architecture. In addition, Parkinson will serve as the "Brand Champion" for Chevrolet.

"This alignment will continue to position GM's Global Design organization to provide the company with a compelling vision for future vehicle designs and the excellent execution of GM products," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, Global Design.

The moves are effective August 1. The rest of GM's Global Design organization remains unchanged.