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Whos Where: Pierre Authier to become Vice President of Design for Opel/Vauxhall

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

 Pierre Authier is thought to become Vice President of Design for Opel/Vauxhall, leaving his current role as Peugeot Design Director, according to a source from within the PSA design department.

The position has been up for grabs since the shock dismissal of Dave Lyon just days before he took up the position in Rüsselsheim, Germany last month.

Authier has been at Peugeot since the start of his career in 1998, first working on the 307 model and most recently responsible for the well-received 208 supermini.

If these reports are true it represents another blow for the Peugeot design department following the departure of Head of Interior Design, Amko Leenarts to join another of the Big Three as Director of Global Interiors Design Strategy at Ford Motor Company.

While neither General Motors nor Peugeot was able to confirm these reports, an official announcement is expected soon. We will bring you more details as they emerge.

By Owen Ready