New British Design Director At Volvo

Volvo Car Corporation has appointed a British designer, Steve Mattin, as Vice President and Design Director, who joins the company on 1 May following a long career at DaimlerChrysler, where he is currently Senior Design Manager with several major design projects under his responsibility.

"Volvo Cars has a very exciting time ahead when it comes to product design. I am very happy to see Steve Mattin taking the lead into the future and bring us to the next level of Volvo design," said Volvo Cars President and CEO, Hans-Olov Olsson.

Steve Mattin is well respected in the automotive design community. He has a real passion for premium cars, which he has proved during his 17 years at DaimlerChrysler.

Steve Mattin will report to Volvo Cars President and CEO, Hans-Olov Olsson as well as J Mays, group vice president of Design and Chief Creative Officer of Ford Motor Company.

"Ford Motor Company continues to be a magnet for top design talent. Steve is a recognised talent with a proven track record established at one of Europe's most prestigious brands," said J Mays, group vice president of Design and Chief Creative Officer of Ford Motor Company.

Steve Mattin was born in Bedford, England in 1964 and graduated from Coventry University in 1987 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Transport Design. In 1997, Steve Mattin was named "Designer of the year" by Autocar magazine.

Published 9 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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