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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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New head of Genesis brand



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Hyundai Motor Announces Manfred Fitzgerald to lead the Genesis Brand

- Manfred Fitzgerald takes role of leading the Genesis brand
- Genesis brand targets the global luxury car market by appointing a prominent figure that transformed Lamborghini into a luxury car brand

December 28, 2015 Hyundai Motor announced Manfred Fitzgerald, former Director of Brand and Design at Lamborghini, to lead the Genesis brand from January, 2016.

Based in Hyundai Motor Headquarters Seoul, Mr. Fitzgerald will be in charge of establishing and executing strategies for the Genesis brand as the Senior Vice President. For the brand to set a strong foothold in the global luxury car market, he will take a core role in brand strategy, marketing and other business operations within the Genesis brand.

During his twelve year career at Lamborghini, Mr. Fitzgerald played a pivotal role in transforming Lamborghini from a prototype car company to a luxury car brand and increased its sales ten folds as the Director of Brand and Design.

Mr. Fitzgerald, 52 years old, brings about 20 years of expertise and experience in luxury car brand strategy and marketing. He will be working alongside Luc Donckerwolke, who will lead the Genesis brand's Prestige Design Division as Head of the Hyundai Motor Design Center.
Lots of ex-Volkswagen Group execs. Peter Schreyer (head Hyundai/Kia designer) himself launched his career at the Volkswagen Group (maybe you've seen an Audi TT).



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Wait, if he was already the Director of Brand and Design at Lamborghini, why switch over to Genesis?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 04:40 PM
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Always fun to take a new challenge and now he is head of a brand instead of director of design.



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Think we'll see some of that Ferrari design make its way to Genesis now that he's heading it?
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Well, hopefully not. What I mean by that is, Genesis needs its own identity, not some cool stuff from Ferrari.



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Think we'll see some of that Ferrari design make its way to Genesis now that he's heading it?
The concept already seems to have taken on some european design cues or at least what the europeans had started with.

I wouldn't mind seeing some of that going on, just as long as it doesn't look like some mash up of different car maker designs.
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