Last week we got word that Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles had appointed former interior design lead Klaus Busse as the head of design for the automaker’s Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands. Busse, a German, is one of a few non-Italian FCA employees that will be moving into a key position formerly held by an Italian at the automaker, Automotive News reports.
Busse will replace Italian designer Roberto Giolito, who fathered the current Fiat 500, as the design head of Fiat, Maserati and Alfa Romeo in Europe and the Middle East. In addition to Busse, FCA has also appointed American Scott Kruger as Alfa Romeo’s exterior design boss, replacing Italian Marco Tencone. Kruger was formerly the boss of Dodge and SRT exterior design.
Also replacing an Italian is Canadian Ralph Gilles, who was appointed as FCA’s global design leader in April after Lorenzo Ramaciotti retired. German Andreas Wuppinger is moving into a key role at FCA, too, having been appointed to its new interior design department that works for all of the automaker’s passenger car brands.
Fiat-Chrysler has announced these appointments internally, but has yet to make them public, AN says.