2019 Honorary Judges

Our Honorary Judges are some of the most influential and leading individuals from around the world in the automotive industry. From car designers, to top executives of automotive manufacturing companies—our Honorary Judges approach the field with an eye to elegance once the Class Judges have scored each car on the show field. To be considered for our Best of Show award, a vehicle must first win its class.

Alfonso Albaisa
Franklin, Tennessee
Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President for Global Design for Nissan Motor Company, is responsible for developing designs for Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun. Under his leadership, Global Nissan Design is evolving a new design language giving shape to Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies for customers around the world. Mr. Albaisa is Cuban-American and takes a multicultural approach to design. Beginning in 1988, he has spent his entire design career at Nissan rising to become one of the leading automotive designers in the industry. Mr. Albaisa served as Executive Design Director at Infiniti, leading the premium brand’s new design language. Since 2016, he also served as NML’s Corporate Vice President for Design Business Management/Strategic Design, and the Global Design Center.

Achim Anscheidt
Berlin, Germany
Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti’s Director of Design, is the son of triple Motorcycle World Champion Hans Georg Anscheidt. After graduating from ArtCenter College of Design, Mr. Anscheidt started his career in 1993 at the Porsche Style Center in Weissach, Germany, then led Volkswagen Group’s advanced design operations in Barcelona and Berlin for eight years. Since assuming his current position in 2004, he has overseen all Bugatti product development, including the Bugatti Chiron, the Bugatti Divo and the 2019 La Voiture Noire. 

Valentino Balboni
Ferrara, Italy
Valentino Balboni is one of the foremost Lamborghini experts, having driven 80 percent of Automobili Lamborghini’s production while serving as its longtime test driver. Mr. Balboni started in 1968 as an apprentice mechanic, worked in Customer Service, and was appointed test driver in 1973. He initially tested production cars, including the Miura, Countach, Espada, Jarama, Urraco and Jalpa. He later became the Research and Development test driver, and his first development project was the Diablo. In 2009 Lamborghini produced a limited special edition of the Gallardo named the Valentino Balboni LP550-2 to honor his 40 years of devotion to the company. Mr. Balboni is now an independent consultant, focusing on vintage Lamborghini restorations.

H. H. Rana Manvendra Singh Barwani
Indore, India
His Highness Rana Manvendra Singh Barwani belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Barwani in Madhya Pradesh. Keenly interested in automobiles from an early age, he successfully melded his passionate hobby with work, starting India’s first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in 1978. Today he is a well-known and respected authority on vintage and classic cars in India. He has been featured on numerous television programs and co-authored Automobiles of the Maharajas with Sharada Dwivedi. A founding member of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India, Manvendra Singh Barwaniserves as Curator for the Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’Elegance. He helped to organize both the 2012 Maharaja and 2018 Raj classes for the Pebble Beach Concours and was awarded with the 2018 Lorin Tryon Trophy for his contributions to this event and the collector car world. He has judged at many other events and is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians. 

Klaus Bischoff
Wolfsburg, Germany
Klaus Bischoff is the Executive Director of Volkswagen Design. He has been responsible for global automotive design for the Volkswagen brand since 2007, leading a team of over 400 designers in Wolfsburg, Shanghai, São Paulo and Mexico City. Milestones in his career include the Golf VI and Golf VII, the Touareg, Tiguan, T-Roc SUV series and the vehicles in the I.D. family. After studying industrial design at the Braunschweig University of Art, Mr. Bischoff began working for Volkswagen as an interior and exterior designer in 1989, then switched to concept design in 1992. He took over management of interior design in Wolfsburg in 2000, exterior design in 2002, complete vehicle design in 2004, and became head of the design studio in Wolfsburg in 2006.

Michael Bock
Stuttgart, Germany
Michael Bock worked for Mercedes-Benz for 37 years in different technical and commercial assignments, including positions as Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and CEO of the Mercedes -Benz Museum. He has a deep understanding of the brand’s history and its cars. Mr. Bock appreciates the cultural aspects of collecting cars and is a strong supporter of originality and preservation. Now in retirement he advises collectors and organizations. 

Mitja Borkert
Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy
Mitja Borkert has been the Director of Lamborghini’s Centro Stile in Sant’Agata Bolognese since April 2016 and is responsible for the design of future Lamborghini models and coordination of the design team. In his time there he has contributed to the design of the Urus, Terzo Millennio, Huracan Super Trofeo Evo and SC18 Alston. Mr. Borkert graduated from the Design University of Pforzheim where he studied Transportation Design. In 1999 he began work at Style Porsche, in Weissach, and he held various positions there, including General Manager Advanced Design and Director of Exterior Design, contributing to the development of several Porsche models, including the Panamera Sport Turismo, Porsche Boxster 987 facelift, Cayenne, Macan, and Mission E. He is a self-confessed, absolute enthusiast of supercars. 

Filip Brabec
Herndon, Virginia
Filip Brabec is Vice President, Product Management, at Audi of America, with responsibility for product definition and configuration of current models as well as setting the lineup of future U.S. vehicles in concert with AUDI AG. A leader in product planning for the company since 2006, Mr. Brabec oversees the distribution of information on current Audi of America products, and he also works with teams from the parent company in Germany on the development of new products and technologies for future Audi models in the United States. After becoming a popular American country music singer in his native Czechoslovakia and graduating from high school in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mr. Brabec rose through the ranks of Audi of America, working as a product-planning manager, then at AUDI AG in Germany, before returning to the United States in 2006. 

Moray Callum
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Moray Callum is Ford Motor Company’s Vice President, Design. Appointed to this position in 2014, he is responsible for the design of the company’s concept and production vehicles globally. In his previous position as executive director, Design, The Americas, he had overall responsibility for the design of cars and trucks created in Ford’s North and South America studios and new Lincoln products. Prior to this, he was head of Mazda’s worldwide design from 2001 through 2006. Mr. Callum began his career in 1982, working with Chrysler Corporation, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Ghia before joining Ford in 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Napier University in Edinburgh and a master’s degree in transportation design from the Royal College of Art in London.

Ian Cameron
Herrsching-Am-Ammersee, Germany
Having retired in 2013 from the daily corporate run to the office—which started almost 40 years before with a brief spell at Ogle Design in the United Kingdom, followed by a total of 17 years with Pininfarina and Fiat’s IVECO division in Italy, and ending with a 21-year spell with the BMW Group, the last 14 of which were as the Design Director for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as well as its Brand Ambassador for BMW Group Classic—Ian Cameron is relieved to report that he finally has time to spend under, rather than above, the cars he most cares about.

Wayne K. Cherry
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
A graduate of ArtCenter, Wayne Cherry joined GM in 1962, spending 26 years in Europe where he was eventually responsible for the design of all GM European vehicles. As Vice President of Design from 1992 to 2004, he was responsible for the new design direction for Cadillac, and he helped to reestablish GM as a design leader with a wide range of concepts from Autonomy to Solstice as well as the Cadillac concepts Evoq and Cadillac Sixteen. Retired after 42 years, Mr. Cherry is a consultant, and he designed the VSR sports rod.

Miles C. Collier
Naples, Florida
Miles C. Collier believes in building lasting cultural legacies that can be interpreted and used to inform next generations. He is the founder and benefactor of the Revs Institute. This working museum, in Naples, Florida, is devoted to the celebration and study of the automobile as the most significant and transformative object of the 20th Century. With esteemed automotive colleagues, Mr. Collier has initiated a new, global, nonprofit venture, addressing the challenge of bequeathing the skills and knowledge of automobile technology, design and utility to future generations. With his wife, Parker, he is developing a range of self-reliant, entrepreneurial businesses which will preserve and share cultural understanding in the meaningful-car space. 

Robert T. Devlin
San Francisco, California

Robert Devlin has been a Chief Class and Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours for 34 years, often focusing on Ferrari, Porsche, and Postwar Custom Coachwork, and is the author of two books on this event, Pebble Beach: A Matter of Style and Pebble Beach: The Art of the Poster. He has authored or coauthored more than 125 articles in various automotive magazines and event programs. He teaches the History of Automotive Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

Stefano Domenicali
Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy
Stefano Domenicali is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. He began his professional career in 1991 with Ferrari and held several important roles before becoming Head of the Ferrari Direzione Sportiva F1 in 2004. In 2008 he was Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari F1, which won the Constructors’ World Championship. From 2009 to 2014 Mr. Domenicali represented Ferrari on the F.I.A. World Motor Sport Council, and he still belongs to that body. He is currently President of the F.I.A. Single Seater Commission. He was Vice President New Business Initiatives at Audi AG from November 2014 before taking over his current role at Lamborghini. 

Wolfgang Egger
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
In 2017 Wolfgang Egger joined BYD as Global Design Director, leading the strategic growth and talent evolution of the company’s design arm. Mr. Egger’s career started at Alfa Romeo S.p.A. in 1989, he joined Seat S.A. as Chief Exterior Designer in 1998, then returned to Alfa Romeo as Chief Designer in 2001, leading an 80-person design team and developing vehicle models such as the Alfa Romeo GT, 8C Competizione Concept, Diva Concept, 159, MiTo, and 8C Competizione Spider. In 2007, he joined Audi AG as Chief Designer, overseeing the design efforts of it and its sub-brands. Five years later, his responsibility expanded to Audi Brand Group, a 220-person team responsible for Audi, Lamborghini and Seat. During his tenure there, he introduced new designs for the A4, A6, A8, R8, Q7 and TT, as well as the Quattro Concept and E-Tron Spider Concept. In 2015, after spending one year as Chief Designer and management board member of Italdesign S.p.A., he was appointed Chief Advanced Designer of Volkswagen Group. 

Jim Farley
Dearborn, Michigan
Jim Farley is Ford Motor Company’s president, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy. In this role, he oversees Corporate Strategy, Connected Vehicle, Global Data Insight and Analytics, Global Partnerships, and Research & Advanced Engineering as well as Ford Smart Mobility and Ford Autonomous Vehicles. Previously, he served as executive vice president and president of Global Markets, responsible for overseeing Ford’s business units, The Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific. In addition, Mr. Farley oversaw The Lincoln Motor Company, global Marketing & Sales and the strategy and business model development for electrified vehicles. From 2015 to 2017, he served as executive vice president and president, Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Farley is an avid automotive enthusiast, currently vintage racing a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra and a 1966 Ford GT40. 

Fabio Filippini
Tokyo, Japan
Fabio Filippini is a passionate Italian Car Designer with a multifaceted international career, having worked for Italian, Japanese, French and German companies. He earned an architecture degree from the Politecnico di Milano, then spent many years at Renault Design, becoming Vice President of Interior Design. In 2011 Mr. Filippini became Chief Creative Officer at Pininfarina, in Italy. Under his leadership, Pininfarina Design created many remarkable award-winning concept cars, including the Pininfarina Cambiano, Pininfarina Ferrari Sergio, BMW GranLusso Coupé and Pininfarina H2 Speed, as well as production cars for worldwide major OEMs and many other vehicles, such as the Eurostar e320 train. His latest works at Pininfarina are the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision GranTurismo and the Hybrid Kinetic H600. Currently, Mr. Filippini is based in Tokyo and works as an independent Car Designer and Design Strategy Advisor. 

Tom Gale
Bay Harbor, Michigan
Tom Gale joined Chrysler in 1967. He became Vice President of Design, President of International Operations and Executive Vice President of Product Development before retiring from the Board of Management in 2000. Throughout his career, Mr. Gale has been active with automotive design. He was responsible for the creation of over 50 concept and show vehicles, along with a multitude of production vehicles like Viper, Ram Truck, Minivan and Chrysler 300.

Ed Gilbertson
San Francisco, California

Ed Gilbertson served as Chief Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours from 1999 to 2013 and continues to be a member of the Selection Committee. He was previously Chief Class Judge for the Ferrari classes for 15 years. Mr. Gilbertson is also Chief Judge Emeritus for the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of America. He founded and is Chairman Emeritus of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group, and he is also Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile and a senior advisor to both the Historic Vehicle Association and the FIVA Technical Commission. He previously served as Regional Director of the Ferrari Club of America and President of the Ferrari Owners Club.

Ralph V. Gilles

Auburn Hills, Michigan

Ralph V. Gilles was appointed Head of Design, FCA in April 2015. Gilles has also served as the FCA–North America Senior Vice President–Product Design, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)–Motorsports; President and CEO–SRT Brand and President and CEO–Dodge brand for FCA US LLC. He was named Vice President–Design in September 2008. An avid car enthusiast, Mr. Gilles enjoys spending time at the track, go-karting and watching Formula 1 auto racing. Mr. Gilles has participated in Mille Miglia, the Targa Newfoundland Rally, the Car and Driver One Lap of America and the SRT Viper Cup Series. In addition, he has frequently served as a judge at various shows including Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook, Cranbrook, and the Amelia Island Concours events.

Fabrizio Giugiaro
Turin, Italy

Fabrizio Giugiaro has been active in car design, industrial design and the planning and development of car interiors and exteriors for public and private clients for over 30 years. Recently, with Giorgetto Giugiaro in 2015, he founded GFG Style, which offers the motor industry a range of services centered on the conception, design and development of new vehicles and products—from styling to feasibility, modelling and prototyping, and construction of cars. Together the Giugiaros have created over 300 standard production models and more than 200 research prototypes for various manufacturers. Fabrizio went to work for Italdesign Giugiaro in 1990 and rose to be Co-Chairman and Styling Director of that company, and in 2010 he was appointed Chairman of Giugiaro Architettura.  

Adrian Hallmark
Crewe, England

Adrian Hallmark joined Bentley Motors in February 2018 as Chairman and CEO. Prior to this, Mr. Hallmark was Global Strategy Director at Jaguar Land Rover. He has 18 years automotive board–level experience from the United States, Europe and Asia with Porsche, Volkswagen, SAAB and Bentley Motors. During his first term at Bentley he held the role of Board Member for Sales, Marketing and PR and played an integral role in the introduction of the sector-defining Continental GT in 2003. Mr. Hallmark studied Mechanical Engineering at Wolverhampton University, in the United Kingdom, and has an honorary Doctorate in Engineering. 

Joseph R. Hinrichs
Dearborn, Michigan

Joe Hinrichs is Ford Motor Company president, Automotive. He has responsibility for Ford’s global business units — North America, South America, Europe, China and the International Markets Group. He also oversees both the Ford and Lincoln brands. In addition, he leads all of Ford’s automotive skill teams including Product Development, Purchasing, Enterprise Product Line Management, Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Marketing, Sales & Service, Quality & New Model Launch, Sustainability, Environmental & Safety Engineering, Information Technology, Customer Experience, and Government Affairs. Previously, he served as Ford’s executive vice president and president of Global Operations. Prior to joining Ford in 2000, Mr. Hinrichs was a partner and senior vice president of Ryan Enterprises Group, a manufacturing investment group in Chicago, and spent 10 years at General Motors in various engineering and manufacturing positions. 

Kevin Hunter
Newport Beach, California

Kevin Hunter is the President of Toyota Motor Corporation’s North American design studio, CALTY Design Research. Mr. Hunter is responsible for overseeing research, advanced design and production design at three studios, in Newport Beach and Oakland, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. CALTY creates innovative vehicle designs for the Toyota and Lexus brands. Recent accomplishments under Mr. Hunter’s direction are the 2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept, 2014 Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept, 2014 Toyota Tundra, 2016 Toyota Tacoma, 2017 Lexus LC500 Luxury Coupe, 2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept, 2019 Toyota Avalon, 2019 Lexus ES350 and 2020 Toyota Supra. Prior to his 2007 appointment as President, Mr. Hunter held several other design positions, including Chief Designer.

Paul J. Ingrassia
Naples, Florida 

Paul Ingrassia, editor at Collier AutoMedia in Naples, Florida, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered the auto industry for more than 30 years. He is the author of Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in 15 Cars (Simon and Schuster, 2012) and Crash Course: the American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster (Random House, 2012). He formerly was managing editor of Reuters, president of Dow Jones Newswires, and Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. In Detroit in 1993, he and a Journal colleague were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of General Motors. In 2016 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for financial journalism from the Gerald Loeb Foundation.

Michele Jauch-Paganetti
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Michele Jauch-Paganetti serves as Global Interior Design Director for BYD, leading the global automotive interior design team of the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer. His mission is to integrate user-oriented, intelligent technology with advanced electric vehicle technology to create bold, exciting new car designs. In 1991, after graduating from ArtCenter College of Design Europe, he started his career at Volkswagen Group, where over 9 years he contributed to the Volkswagen Polo A04, Lupo 3 Liter, Golf 4, and Passat 5, as well as the Gol and Parati for Brazil and the first Octavia Kombi and Fabia for Skoda. Mr. Jauch-Paganetti also worked at Daimler AG for over 18 years, serving as Head of Advanced Interior Design and managing such diverse projects as the C Class, V Class and A Class, AMG Project ONE, SLS AMG, F400 to 800, F125, F015, AMG Vision GT and Maybach 6. He also launched Mercedes-Benz Style, an initiative focusing forward-thinking and luxury standards on not only automobiles but furniture, lifestyle products and industrial design. 

Derek Jenkins
Newark, California

Derek Jenkins is Vice President of Design at Lucid, a Silicon Valley–based luxury electric automaker. In this role, Mr. Jenkins oversees all design developments, including exterior and interior design, user experience, color and material, accessories, and overall design strategy. He also spearheads Lucid’s creative and brand strategy. Before joining Lucid, Mr. Jenkins was the Director of Design at Mazda North America where he oversaw all design developments locally and globally. He was the lead or contributing designer to the 2016 MX-5 Miata, Shinari Concept, CX-5 and many others. Prior to his tenure with Mazda, he spent nine years as the Chief Designer for Volkswagen North America and eight years with Audi. Mr. Jenkins graduated from ArtCenter College of Design.

SangYup Lee

Seoul, South Korea

SangYup Lee is Senior Vice President and Head of the Hyundai Design Center for Hyundai Motor Company. Under his leadership, the Genesis Global Design Center team has created the Mint, Essentia and GV80 concepts — each inspired by their athletic elegance philosophy. Mr. Lee has also served in executive design roles at other major brands, including Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Pininfarina and Chevrolet. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Hongik University and ArtCenter College of Design. 

Dave Marek
Tokyo, Japan / Los Angeles, California

Dave Marek is Executive Creative Director for Acura, with responsibility for all designs of the Acura brand. He began his career at Honda R&D Americas in 1987 and as Design Project Leader he oversaw projects such as the 1994 Honda Accord Wagon, 1997 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Element and 2006 Honda Ridgeline. Mr. Marek graduated from ArtCenter College of Design and he serves as an instructor there today. He also supports several museums, including the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Gettysburg Foundation, the California State Railroad Museum, the NHRA Motorsports Museum, and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, and he creates fine art and graphics for numerous clients. 

Nick Mason CBE
London, England

Nick Mason has taken part in various forms of motorsport since 1973, including competing five times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is a life member and guardian of the British Racing Drivers’ Club as well as a trustee and chairman of the advisory committee of the National Motor Museum. President of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Mr. Mason writes intermittently for Octane as well as contributing to the official Ferrari factory magazine. Along with Mark Hales he also wrote a book on his own collection of competition cars, Passion for Speed. Between his motoring commitments, he continues to play the drums for the band Pink Floyd, as he has done for over 50 years. Currently he is touring with his own band, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, playing the early Floyd catalog. 

Jochen Mass
Principality of Monaco

Jochen Mass is a racing great with numerous successes to his credit. As a Formula 1 racer from 1973 to 1982, he drove for Surtees, McLaren, ATS and Arrows, among others. Before and after his Formula 1 career, he scored many wins in sports cars, most often driving Porsche or Mercedes-Benz sports prototypes. With Hans-Joachim Stuck, he won the 24 Hours of Spa in 1972, and he went on to win the World Sportscar Championship that year. In 1987, with Bobby Rahal, he won the 12 Hours of Sebring, and in 1989 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was also involved in IROC, the International Race of Champions, and IMSA, the International Motor Sports Association.

Dr. Tom Matano
San Francisco, California

Dr. Tom Matano has been the Executive Director of the School of Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco since 2002. Dr. Matano has over 30 years of experience in the automotive design industry, holding positions at GM Design in the United States, GM Holdens in Australia, and BMW in Germany. In 1983 he joined Mazda’s American design team, and from 1999 to 2002 he worked at Mazda headquarters in Japan as an Executive Designer in charge of the Chief Designers group. For Mazda he oversaw the designs of the MPV, MX 5, RX 7 and many other projects.

Kim McCullough
Mahwah, New Jersey

Kim McCullough is Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America. Ms. McCullough has always been interested in cars. While growing up she spent all of her allowance on Matchbox cars. She is now a vintage automotive enthusiast and owns an eclectic collection of cars, including a 1970 Alpine A110 Group 4 rally car, a 1956 Land Rover Series 1, a 1954 Jaguar XK120 OTS, and a 1932 Ford highboy roadster, and she enjoys exercising them regularly. 

Torsten Müller-Ötvös
West Sussex, England

Torsten Müller-Ötvös is Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Mr. Müller-Ötvös began his career with BMW in 1988. The youngest manager ever to be appointed to the BMW Group’s Top Leadership Group, he has held a number of senior marketing positions at BMW, including relaunching the MINI from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Müller-Ötvös joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as its Chief Executive Officer in March 2010 and is based at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England.

Gordon Murray CBE
Surrey, England 

Born and educated in South Africa, Professor Gordon Murray designed, built and raced his own sports car, the IGM Ford, while in his early 20s. He joined the Brabham Formula 1 Team as Technical Director in 1969, winning two world championships in 17 years there. He joined McLaren Racing as Technical Director in 1988, immediately winning three consecutive championships. In 1990, Mr. Murray helped to establish McLaren Cars Ltd., which created the F1 Road Car and the successful Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren program. In July 2007, Gordon Murray Design was established to develop innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream®. The firm is currently working on multiple iStream® projects.

Shiro Nakamura
Kanagawa, Japan

Shiro Nakamura is the former Chief Creative Officer of Nissan Motor Corporation. He joined Nissan in 1999, serving as Senior Vice President until 2017. Mr. Nakamura was central to the turnaround of the company, vitalizing the design of both Nissan and Infiniti. A graduate of ArtCenter College of Design, prior to Nissan he worked for Isuzu Motor Company and also General Motors. One of his most distinctive creations at Isuzu was VehiCROSS. At Nissan, he was responsible for a whole range of products, including Nissan GTR, 350Z, CUBE, and the Infiniti line up. His remarkable achievement is the creation of the crossover segment, starting with Infiniti FX, Nissan Murano, and on to Qashqai and Juke. He continues his international creative activities as CEO of Shiro Nakamura Design Associates.

Dan Neil
Raleigh, North Carolina

Dan Neil is the Pulitzer Prize–winning automotive critic for The Wall Street Journal and the author of Assouline’s The Impossible Collection of Cars. In December he published the first flying-car review. 

Dr. Andy Palmer CMG
Gaydon, England

Dr. Andy Palmer, CMG, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin, having joined the business in 2014 after 33 years in the automotive industry. He was previously Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Corporation and a member of the Nissan Executive Committee. Over 23 years at Nissan he held a number of senior roles in corporate planning, product planning, marketing, sales & IT leadership, and was Chairman of Infiniti from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Palmer graduated from Warwick University with a Master’s Degree in Product Engineering and acquired a Doctorate in Management in 2004. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He advises the UK government in a number of areas and was named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in recognition of his services to the British automotive industry.

Christian Philippsen
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Christian Philippsen is an international consultant specializing in classic cars and automotive design. He is regularly invited to judge at concours all over the world, is a Founding Member of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Awards, a charter member of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group and for many years chaired the juries for the Louis Vuitton Classic Awards and for Michelin’s Challenge Bibendum Design Awards. His list of clients includes Christie’s, Ferrari, Pininfarina, Renault and more. Mr. Philippsen started his career assisting Jacques Swaters, the Belgian Ferrari importer of Ecurie Francorchamps fame, and is the former publisher of the respected annual Automobile Year.

Joel Piaskowski
Birmingham, Michigan

Joel Piaskowski, Global Design Director for Ford Motor Company, oversees the design and DNA development of all new cars and crossovers worldwide. He joined Ford in 2010 as Director, Exterior Design, The Americas, where he led the exterior designs of the 2015 F150, Mustang and Edge. In 2013, he was appointed Design Director, Ford Asia Pacific, based in Melbourne, Australia, and in 2014 was promoted to Design Director, Ford of Europe for three years, where he translated Ford’s Kinetic Design language into next-generation models such as Fiesta, Focus and the new Puma. Prior to joining Ford, he held design leadership roles at Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai in their respective California design studios. Mr. Piaskowski started his design career in 1990 and spent over 12 years at General Motors. He graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in Automotive Design. 

Marek Reichman
Gaydon, England

Marek Reichman joined Aston Martin in 2005 as Director of Design, and the ensuing years have been one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions for the British marque. These introductions have included the DB11, Aston Martin’s latest GT offering, the recently launched Vantage and Valkyrie, and Aston Martin’s track-only Vulcan. Previously Mr. Reichman held positions at Rover Cars, BMW Designworks and Ford Motor Company. Throughout his accomplished career, he has been heavily involved with some of the world’s most iconic cars, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX and Navicross Concept Cars and the Range Rover Mk lll.

Frank Saucedo
North Hollywood, California

Frank Saucedo is Director of GM Advanced Design, California. A native Californian, Mr. Saucedo’s first position was with Opel in Germany, where he started as a designer and went on to become chief of Opel’s first Advanced Design Studio. Upon returning to California he took a position at the former GM Advanced Concepts Center and later joined the Volkswagen Design Studio. In 1999, General Motors invited him to open a Design Studio in California. Today, GM’s Advanced Design Studio in Los Angeles employs a staff of over 70. Mr. Saucedo’s portfolio includes Opel vehicles such as the 4200 Corsa, Astra, Omega and Tigra. At GM Advanced Design, he has created the Borrego, Chevy SS, Pontiac Solstice, Cadillac Ciel, and Elmiraj and Chaparral 2X concepts.

Peter Schreyer
Frankfurt, Germany

Peter Schreyer, President and Head of Design Management, is responsible for long-term design visions and strategies, as well as design differentiation for Hyundai Motor Group. Mr. Schreyer joined the Group as Kia Motors’ CDO and Senior Executive Vice President in 2006. Since then, he has successfully led Kia’s design management, establishing its Design-DNA called “The simplicity of the straight line” and applying it to Kia’s entire product lineup. Prior to joining Hyundai’s sister company, Mr. Schreyer worked at the Volkswagen Group for over 25 years since 1986: he served as a Head of Design at Audi from 1994 to 2002 and at Volkswagen from 2002 to 2006. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from University for Applied Sciences Munich and graduated from the Royal College of Art London in 1980 after majoring in Transportation Design. He has received the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Red Dot Design Award, iF Product Design Award, Good Design and IDEA Design Award. 

Stefan Sielaff
Crewe, England

Stefan Sielaff joined Bentley Motors in July 2015 after serving as Design Director at the Volkswagen Design Center in Potsdam. He first joined the Volkswagen Group in 1990 as an Interior Designer for Audi, served as Head of Interior Design at the VW Group Design Center in Europe, and returned to Audi as Head of Interior Design. Mr. Sielaff then spent a few years with DaimlerChrysler as Head of the Interior Design Competence Center, before returning to become Design Director at Audi. Alongside his current role at Bentley, Mr. Sielaff is Head of Group Interior Design Strategy for Volkswagen AG. He has a master’s degree in vehicle design from the Royal College of Art in London.

Michael Simcoe
Warren, Michigan

Michael Simcoe was named Vice President, GM Global Design, in May 2016 after serving as Vice President, Design, for GM International overseeing GM’s production and advanced studios in Korea, Australia and India. Mr. Simcoe began his career at GM Holden as a designer in 1983. After several other appointments, he was named GM’s Executive Director of Asia Pacific Design in 2003. The following year, he was appointed Executive Director of North American Exterior Design, where he led the development of GM products such as the GMC Terrain, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Camaro and Equinox, and Cadillac CTS sedan, wagon and coupe. Prior to his present post, Simcoe was Executive Director of GMI Design since 2011. He holds an Associate Diploma of Art in Industrial Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Giles Taylor
Munich, Germany

Giles Taylor is the Design Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of FAW, China’s oldest car company (founded by Chairman Mao in 1958), and is responsible for the famous Red flag brand known as “HongQi.” Formerly, Giles was Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, where he most recently created the Phantom 8 and Cullinan SUV. 

Freeman J. Thomas
Westlake Village, California

Freeman Thomas recently retired from Ford Motor Company as Global Design Director, Ford Advanced, leading studios in London, Dearborn, Irvine and Shanghai. An ArtCenter graduate in 1983, his career began at Porsche AG, serving on the 959 design team. In 1990 he joined Audi AG as chief designer, then moved to Volkswagen AG as chief designer, co-creating the VW Concept 1/New Beetle and creating the iconic Audi TT concepts. In 1999 he joined DaimlerChrysler as Vice President, Advanced Design Strategy and Vehicle Architecture, leading the design of concepts such as the Tomahawk motorcycle and the Noble American Sedan that became the Chrysler 300. He joined Ford in 2005, leading design teams for many Ford and Lincoln concepts and influencing the Explorer, Ford F-150 and the Mustang. He is now co-founding a new global design studio with strategic partnerships in Burbank, California, emphasizing timeless industrial design combined with a startup mindset. His recent designs include the all-new Ruf CTR and SCR supercars. 

Franz von Holzhausen
Los Angeles, California

Franz von Holzhausen is the Chief Designer at Tesla, reporting directly to Elon Musk and responsible for all Tesla design programs, including vehicle design, packaging, product design and user interface. He is also charged with establishing a world-class design language for all future Tesla products. He joined Tesla in 2008 to design the Model S. He also contributed to the Tesla Roadster and has since led the design of the Model X, Model 3, Tesla Superchargers, and the Powerwall products from Tesla Energy. He holds a variety of patents for Tesla. He was named one of Motor Trend’s top 50 most influential automotive executives and one of the top 25 designers of all time by Automobile Magazine. Prior to joining Tesla, he worked on the New Beetle and the Audi TT at Volkswagen, he penned concepts for the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky at General Motors, and he pioneered the Nagare surface language at Mazda. 

Prof. Dr. Gorden Wagener
Stuttgart, Germany

Since mid-2008 Gorden Wagener has headed the worldwide operating design unit of Mercedes-Benz and all brands of Daimler AG. In November 2016 he was appointed Chief Design Officer at the Executive Vice President level. For him, design defines brands and a holistic approach is essential; not only the products but also the brands of Daimler AG must be staged perfectly. And the focus is on Mercedes-Benz. Under his leadership, the design philosophy of “Sensual Purity” was created and is now being continually developed. It defines modern luxury, expressing an essential aspect of the brand — the bipolarity of intelligence and emotion. A variety of models bear Gorden Wagener’s signature, including the C-E-S Classes, S-Class Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG GT as well as the new SUVs GLE Coupe and GLC, the smart models as well as the commercial vehicles of the company. 

Jay Ward
Emeryville, California

Jay Ward is Creative Director for the world of Cars at Pixar Animation Studios, consulting on all Cars-related projects around the world, providing automotive and franchise expertise to both Disney and its partners in matters pertaining to Consumer Products, Interactive, Marketing, Publishing and Theme Parks. He was the automotive and later franchise creative consultant on Cars, Cars 2, Cars 3, the Cars Toons and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim. He also worked in the art departments of Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and Brave, was associate producer of the short film Presto, and runs the Pixar campus classic car show, the Pixar Motorama, hosting vehicles from Jay Leno, Chip Foose, and many others. Prior to joining Pixar, Mr. Ward co-created and ran the traditional hot rod & custom show Billetproof and was managing editor for Hop Up magazine. He now writes for Jalopy Journal. 

Ed Welburn
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Ed Welburn is chairman of The Welburn Group and former General Motors Vice President of Global Design. In 2017 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, and in 2018 he received the Eyes On Design Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Welburn is the recipient of the Trumpet Award, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The GM Center for African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Art has been dedicated in his honor, and his automotive archives are in the Smithsonian Museum. Today Ed Welburn serves on several boards and is a writer, designer, and movie executive director. 

Stephan Winkelmann
Molsheim, France

Stephan Winkelmann has been President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. since January 2018. Before joining Bugatti, he was CEO of Audi Sport GmbH from the spring of 2016 to the end of 2017. Mr. Winkelmann was born in Berlin and grew up in Rome. Following various positions with Mercedes-Benz and Fiat, where he was CEO of Fiat Auto in Austria, then in Austria and Switzerland, and finally in Germany, Mr. Winkelmann became President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in Sant’Agata Bolognese (Italy) in 2005. For his successful work at Lamborghini, he was appointed Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and Knight Grand Cross, one of the highest honors awarded by Italy, in 2014.

David Woodhouse
San Diego, California

David Woodhouse is Vice President, Nissan Design America, responsible for leading all North American design activities for Nissan Group. Mr. Woodhouse holds a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. Prior to joining Nissan Design this year, he was both Design Director, Lincoln Motor Company and Director of Design, Global Strategic Design Director for Ford Motor Company. His automotive design experience extends nearly 30 years, much of it with global premium brands including Mini, Cadillac, Range Rover, and BMW. Mr. Woodhouse is an avid automotive enthusiast who collects, restores and competes in vintage racing, with multiple Goodwood Revival podiums to his credit. A postwar motor racing historian, he is currently writing a book on the Alta Car and Engineering Company. 

Kazunori Yamauchi
Tokyo, Japan

Kazunori Yamauchi, a game creator in Japan, is renowned for the Gran Turismo game series that has sold over 80 million units worldwide. Joining Sony Music Entertainment in 1992, he was involved in the startup of the Sony PlayStation. Transferring to Sony Computer Entertainment in 1994, he produced his first title, MotorToon Grand Prix, and in 1997 released the first of the Gran Turismo franchise, selling approximately 10.85 million units worldwide. Mr. Yamauchi established Polyphony Digital Inc. in 1998 and serves as its President. He has been a board member for the Japan Car of the Year awards since 2001 and received Autoweek’s Car Culture Award in 2018 for his contributions in inspiring generations of automotive enthusiasts. 

Andrea Zagato
Rho, Italy

Andrea Zagato is the third generation of his family to lead Carrozzeria Zagato since its founding in 1919. Under his guidance, the firm has continued to develop its legacy of innovative design and advanced engineering by applying the same design philosophies of Milanese rationalism — Essential Beauty — as his grandfather Ugo did a century ago. Today, after 100 years of uninterrupted activity, Zagato is an Atelier and Total Design Center expressing Italian excellence through the creation of avant-garde limited-edition collectible cars, characterized by unique lightweight and streamlined bodywork.

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