Christopher Reitz is new Alfa Romeo Design Director

Automotive Design 10 Apr 2008
Christopher Reitz is new Alfa Romeo Design Director

Christopher Reitz, currently head of the Fiat Styling Centre, will be the new Head of Alfa Romeo Style. The 40-years old Austrian will succeed Frank Stephenson, Alfa Romeo Design Director since June 2007.


The information was confirmed to AutoWeek by Stephenson himself. He said that it was his decision to leave Alfa Romeo, but didn’t leave any comment.

Christopher Reitz (left) at the opening of Nissan’s
European Design Center in 2002
Source: Car Design News

Frank Stephenson, 48 years old, was appointed Head of Alfa Romeo Style back in June 2007.

About Christopher Reitz

Born in Salzburg on April 24, 1968, Christopher Reitz graduated in Transportation Design from the European Art Center College of Design in Switzerland.

In 1993 he joined Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, and from 1996 to 1998 he worked for Audi in Ingolstadt, where he was in charge of Advance Design.

In 1999 Reitz joined Nissan, filling various roles, including Studio Chief Designer and member of the Global Nissan Design Strategy.

Nissan Evalia Concept (2003)

In January 2005 Christopher Reitz was appointed head of the Fiat Brand Styling Centre, responsible to Flavio Manzoni who was in charge of the Fiat, Lancia, Light Commercial Vehicles and Advance Design Styling Centres.

Reitz has developed the interiors for several models, including the Volkswagen Lupo, Audi 4 and 2, and the Nissan Micra, and he has participated in and coordinated projects for the VW Noah, Audi AL2, Nissan CrossBow, Micra C+C and Evalia concept cars.

About Frank Stephenson

Frank Stephenson was born on 3 October 1959 in Morocco but has a U.S. passport

Frank StephensonHe has lived in Spain and graduated from the Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, California. He speaks Spanish, English, German and Italian, loves travelling and has a passion for engines.

He has worked 5 years for Ford Europe and 10 years for BMW, where he was involved in the development of the X5 and Mini models.

In July 2002 he joined Ferrari where he contributed to the creation of some of the Prancing Horse’s most recent road models.

In April 2005 he was appointed head of the Fiat, Lancia and Light Commercial Vehicles Style Centre, where he worked on the new Fiat Bravo and Fiat 500 models.

Some video interviews with Frank Stephenson are available in the design section of "Quelli che Bravo", the new Fiat Bravo’s official weblog.

In June 2007 he became Head of Alfa Romeo Style. Under his direction the Alfa 8C Competizione and the new Alfa Mi.To made their debut.

(Source: AutoWeek, Virtual Car)

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