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.


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      themalaysensei
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who's got one thumb and is GMIO? This guy..
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM is in good hands when it comes to design
      Unni
      • 3 Years Ago
      no Mark Adams move this time ? i thought Mark Adams will move to NA, Brian Nesbitt to Asia and Ken Parkinson to Europe.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      It appears Nesbit is being groomed as a possible replacement for when Welburn retires.
      Mopar Collin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting... Nesbit has a good, if somewhat conservative eye for design.
        Hlavkb
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mopar Collin
        Wikipedia states Nesbit was responsible for the PT Cruiser concept design; I hope China is prepared for boredom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Nesbitt
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hlavkb
          The PT Cruiser was like nothing else on the road when it came out. And then Chrysler forgot to replace it and sold a ton to rental agencies, and the bloom was off the rose.
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hlavkb
          It may be past its time now, but when the PT Cruiser first came out, it was a HUGE hit and was one of the first of the current retro designed cars on the road. Heck, the PT was so popular that when we went to GM they came out with their own model with virtually identical styling (the HHR).
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      He sure has a purdy mouth!
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Dream job!