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Who's Where: Frank Stephenson to move to Fiat

Tue, 22 Feb 2005

Frank Stephenson, Director of Ferrari-Maserati Concept Design and Development, is to move to Fiat to become Head of the Fiat, Lancia and Commercial Vehicle Styling Centre, based in Turin.

Fiat Auto has seen a number of senior management changes within the last week, as part of an overall restructuring of the group. These include the appointment of Karl Heinz Kalbfell, Chief Operating Officer of Alfa Romeo, who is to become Chief Executive Officer of Maserati and replace Martin Leach who is now leaving the Company. In addition, Giuseppe Bonollo is to be nominated Head of Product Portfolio Management, charged with developing the Fiat and Lancia ranges. Both Bonollo and Stephenson, who transfer from Ferrari, will report directly to CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Appointed to his current position in July 2002, Stephenson's influence has been seen in the Maserati MC12 and the all-new Ferrari F430. He has also overseen the introduction of the Maserati Quattroporte and Ferrari Scaglietti, both designed by Pininfarina. The 45-year-old designer, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, previously spent 11 years at BMW, where he began as a senior designer in Munich and worked on a variety of projects, including the BMW X5. He is best known for penning the shape of the reborn BMW MINI Cooper, launched in 2001.