Geely, which owns brands such as Volvo, Lotus, Lynk & Co and the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), intends to set up the new facility in Coventry, employing around 100 designers and support staff within the next five years.
Burgess, a Brit who has been at Jaguar Land Rover since 2001 and previously held the position of design director of Jaguar production and SVO vehicles, has cars such as the F-Pace, F-Type, XE and the latest-generation XJ in his design portfolio. He’ll be managed by fellow Brit Peter Horbury, Geely’s global head of design since 2011.
The new facility will join Geely design studios in Shanghai, Barcelona, Gothenburg and California. It will “support in-house design functions” of brands such as Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, Proton, Lotus and LEVC.