Maximilian Missoni Promoted to VP of Exterior Design at Volvo

Maximilian Missoni is moving up in the world! Just over two years since being poached from the VW Group’s Potsdam studio by his former boss Thomas Ingenlath to work for Volvo Cars, Missoni was promoted to VP of exterior design for the Swedish carmaker in July this year.

Missoni will continue to work alongside Robin Page, who was appointed VP of interior design at Volvo Cars last year, but effectively replaces Fedde Talsma, who’s been at Volvo since 1982 and has been chief exterior designer at the company for nearly a decade.

Talsma has reportedly elected to retire after his 32-year career at Volvo, but his LinkedIn profile has him working as an independent automotive design adviser in the Netherlands. We’ve been unable to reach him for comment on his next venture.

Other than a revision in job title, Missoni’s purview will remain the same. He will continue to report to Ingenlath, Volvo’s senior vice president of design, and lead the exterior design team, as he’s done since joining Volvo Cars.

Missoni is an extremely talented designer who’s fared very well since joining the Volvo team. The few concept vehicles that bear his signature so far include the Volvo Concept Coupe presented in Frankfurt last year, the Concept XC Coupe shown in Detroit this year and the Concept Estate unveiled at the 2014 Geneva show.

Austrian-born Missoni graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002. He previously worked with Ingenlath at Volkswagen’s Advanced Design Center in Potsdam, Germany (near Berlin), before joining Volvo.

We wish him continued success in his new position.


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