GM on the lookout for new designers
By AWKnowledge staff writer (SN)
14 February, 2005
General Motors has lost a couple of its key designers recently as Tom Kearns and Franz von Holzhausen move on to greener pastures. Kearns, a man with 17 years of experience, has left the company to take over as chief designer at Kia's US operations. Von Holzhausen, one of the lead designers on the Pontiac Solstice and the recently revealed Saturn Sky roadster, will join Mazda in California.
Meanwhile, GM’s design chief Ed Welburn told Automotive News that the company plans to add 25 designers and 25 sculptors in its North American operations - a total increase of 10% from current employment levels. According to Welburn, the additional staff is needed to work on a large number of new projects. About 200 designers and 300 sculptors are already employed in the US.