Ford, Volvo Designers Shuffle Positions

Joshua Duval
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This week has seen a whirlwind of executive changeups in the automotive world, with CEOs resigning and getting fired, and designers jumping ship, switching positions and swapping companies.

In lieu of Stephen Mattin's departure from Volvo, Peter Horbury (pictured, right) has been relieved of his duty as executive director of Ford's Americas design operations to return to Volvo as design chief. Moray Callum (pictured, left), who is currently the director of car design for Ford Americas, will replace Horbury.

Horbury has already deeply influenced the design of Volvo, where he ended the boxy styling of the Swedish automaker in the 90s. At his current post as executive design director in the Americas, Horbury has notably established the design directions of Ford (think three-bar grille), and Lincoln (plastering the bow-wave from the MKR concept on all its products).

Callum worked for the Ford brand for 6 years starting 1995, where he worked the Taurus, Windstar, Excursion and Super Duty pickup trucks. In 2001, he was transferred to Mazda, where he successfully revamped the vehicle line. He was also responsible for leading the design of two additions to Mazda's lineup: the CX-7 and CX-9 crossovers. At his current post, he has influenced the designs of several 2010 Ford vehicles, including the Mustang, Taurus and Fusion.

Source: AutoWeek

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