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
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 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.