From the official Press Release:
Wolfsburg, 19 February 2007 – Flavio Manzoni (41) has been appointed to the new post of Head of Creative Design at the Volkswagen Group effective March 1. He will report to Walter Maria de’Silva who, as announced, became Head of Group Design on February 1.
De’Silva commented: “In his new position as Head of Creative Design, Flavio Manzoni will help to shape cross-brand design criteria and will be largely responsible for their realization. His presence therefore significantly strengthens our team.” He added that Klaus Bischoff would continue to head Volkswagen brand design as arranged.
About Flavio Manzoni
Flavio Manzoni was born in Nuoro (Sardinia, Italy), on January 7, 1965, and holds a Degree in Architecture, specialising in Industrial Design, from the University of Florence.
After gaining professional experience in the fields of architecture and industrial design, Manzoni joined Fiat Auto in 1993 as a designer at the Lancia Styling Centre, taking responsibility for interiors in 1996.
From 1999 to 2001, Manzoni filled a similar position at the Seat Styling Centre in Spain. While he was at Seat, Manzoni worked on the interiors of the Tango, Salsa, Leon/Toledo and Altea.
In November 2001, Manzoni returned to Fiat Auto, as head of the Lancia Styling Centre. In March 2004, he took responsibility for the Fiat Styling Centre.
Among other elements, he has developed the interiors of the Lancia Lybra, Thesis, Maserati 3200 GT and the Dialogos concept car, coordinating the projects for the Lancia Ypsilon and Musa and the Granturismo, Stilnovo and Fulvia Coupe concept cars. Where the Fiat brand is concerned, he has worked on the projects for the new Stilo, the Multipla, and the Palio face-lift.
He then performed the same function at SEAT until 2002, when he resumed responsibility for Fiat Design, Lancia Design and Fiat Group Light Commercial Vehicles Design.
Manzoni moved to Design at the Audi brand group on December 1, 2006.
(Source: Volkswagen, Fiat Auto)