The new head of the Fiat brand styling center is Mike Robinson, an American who led the design turnaround at Lancia.
Wolfgang Egger takes over for Robinson. Egger had been at Seat's design center in Barcelona, Spain.
Robinson, 45, joined Fiat Auto S.p.A. in 1986. His last assignment at the Fiat Auto brand studio was chief designer of the Bravo/Brava and Marea sedan and station wagon projects.
Robinson took over Lancia's styling studio in June 1996. He modified the Lybra's exterior and created a new interior for the car. He then led several major design projects.
Under Robinson, Lancia's styling center designed the Thesis. It also designed the Z minivan successor that will appear early next year and the Y replacement due in early 2003.
At the Fiat brand styling center, Robinson fills a position vacant since Peter Davis, another American, left the company in late 1999. Davis joined General Motors' U.S. design team.
Egger, a 38-year-old German, joined Alfa Romeo's styling center in 1989.
At Alfa, Egger was chief designer of the 166 and 156. Egger went to Seat two years ago.
Robinson and Egger report to Humberto Rodriguez, the Spaniard who last year was named style director for all Fiat Auto brands.