Mazda North America names new design head
Mazda’s North American arm has named Julien Montousse as the new Director of Design at its design studio in Irvine, California.
In his new position, Montousse will oversee all of Mazda North America’s design operations, including exterior design, interior design and brand strategy development.
“Through our KODO–Soul of Motion design ethos, we’ve come so far to instill a premium aura throughout our sixth-generation lineup,” said Montousse. “I am honored to have been chosen to lead our efforts at MNAO, and I look forward to continuing to elevate the Mazda brand with advanced vehicle architectures, purposeful aesthetics and unique consumer experiences.”
Montousse joined Mazda in 2009 as head of interior design. Montousse’s body of work includes the interior design of the current Mazda6 sedan as well as the cockpit of the all-new MX-5 Miata.
“Julien has been instrumental in strengthening Mazda’s overall direction through his keen focus on creating driving atmospheres focused on the experience of driving,” said Masamitsu Koike, VP, R&D, MNAO. “He is an invaluable asset to have on our team and an excellent ambassador of the Mazda brand.”
Montousse will take the reins of Mazda’s North American design team immediately.