Stellantis appoints new head of design for Fiat and Abarth

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François Leboine is to join the Stellantis Design organization as Fiat and Abarth head of design, reporting to Jean-Pierre Ploué, Stellantis’s chief design officer.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, his strategic vision will be a key asset to lead the Fiat and Abarth transformation in partnership with the brands’ CEO, Olivier Francois.

Ploué said he was ‘’glad to welcome a talented designer with recognized professional skills,” adding that: “His forward-thinking design approach and his great personality will be core strengths to lead Fiat and Abarth future changes.”

Meanwhile, Francois said, “I am really excited to welcome François Leboine to the world of Fiat in a moment that is so full of opportunities with the power and scale of the new group. Designing new Fiat and Abarth cars is key to expressing our full potential for customers around the world.”

Previously in charge of Renault Advanced Design, Leboine is noted as a passionate advocate for beautiful design from the Renault Twizy to the Espace 5. Developing the Renault Clio, Captur and Dacia Sandero as chief of Exterior Design Studio represents some of his production car highlights and as head of advanced design, he oversaw the creation of the Renault 5 EV prototype and Morphoz concept cars.

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