Experienced designer to leave Volvo to take up role with Chinese parent company

Volvo design chief Peter Horbury will move to parent brand Geely as senior vice president of design, it has been announced.

Although both Volvo and Geely are owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, they run separate design departments.

In a statement Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said: “Peter Horbury has played a very important role for Volvo’s design during a long period of time and has a legendary position in the automotive world. I wish him all success in his new role within Geely Group.”

Said Li Shufu, chairman of Geely Group and Volvo, said: “I am delighted that Peter Horbury has accepted the offer to lead the design development of the Geely Group brands into the future. His vast experience in the industry will be key for the future success of Geely Group’s products.”

Horbury, 61, started work with Volvo in 1991 before moving to Ford’s Premier Automotive Group in 2002, working on Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo designs.

In 2004 he became executive director of design at Ford, before returning to Volvo in 2009 to assume the role of vice president design.

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