PIERRE LECLERCQ APPOINTED CITROËN HEAD OF DESIGN
Effective from Thursday 1 November 2018, Pierre Leclercq is appointed Head of Design for the Citroën brand. He replaces Alexandre Malval, who previously held the position.
A native of Belgium, Pierre Leclercq, 46, studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California (USA) and earned a degree in Transportation Design in 1998. After a period at Ford’s Ghia studio in Italy, in 2000 he joined the BMW Group working in California and Munich. Here he worked on exterior design projects for the BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini brands. In 2011, he took the lead in the design of BMW M cars – the high performance badge of BMW. In 2013, he was named Design Director of the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors, and in 2017, he was appointed Design Director of Kia Motors in South Korea.
Effective 1 November 2018, Pierre Leclercq is appointed Citroën Head of Design. He will report to Jean-Pierre Ploué, Groupe PSA Head of Design. He replaces Alexandre Malval, who has been with Groupe PSA since 2001, and worked as Citroën Head of Design since June 2012. Alexandre Malval continues his career outside Groupe PSA.
"I would like to thank Alexandre Malval for his contribution to the renewal of Citroën Styling and for the high quality of our discussions. I wish him well for the rest of his career. With the appointment of Pierre Leclercq as Citroën Head of Design, I am fully confident in our ability to start a new cycle of creativity to offer models with even stronger design while continuing to embody the focus on comfort that is so central to the brand", said Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO.
Jean-Pierre Ploué, Groupe PSA Head of Design, commented; "I am very proud that Pierre Leclercq is joining us, with a strong reputation in the global automotive industry. I am convinced that he will bring all his talent for the Citroën brand and more broadly his international experience in the design direction of the PSA Group. "
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The Citroën brand:
Citroën is an international automotive brand with a full range of cars and light commercial vehicles at the heart of the mainstream market. Founded in 1919, Citroën has made its mark through its bold and creative approach to automotive design. These values are harnessed in the pursuit of well-being, with fresh solutions to the changing demands of customers in each era. Today, Citroën is reinventing itself with models such as C3 and the New C3 Aircross compact SUV that place an emphasis on design, comfort and intelligent technology, bringing a breath of fresh air to the automotive landscape. As a people-minded brand, Citroën is proud to offer products that take inspiration directly from its customers, the spirit of which is highlighted in its brand signature ‘Inspired By You’. The brand also offers a unique customer experience with its city store concept ‘La Maison Citroën’ and its online opinion site ‘Citroën Advisor’. With 10,000 customer contact points in almost 80 countries worldwide, Citroën sold more than 1.1 million vehicles in 2016. Citroën has also amassed eight Manufacturers’ titles in the FIA World Rally Championship and three consecutive Manufacturers’ titles in the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016.