Lincoln's design chief Gerry McGovern will take on the new role of design director for Ford's London design studio called Ingeni, the automaker said.
Along with that move, Lincoln-Mercury's Irvine, Calif., design studio will become Ford Motor Co.'s advanced design studio and will create concepts for all of the automaker's brands. Henrik Fisker, 39, who McGovern will replace as design director for Ingeni, will run that studio. Fisker also will continue in his role as design director for Aston Martin.
Lincoln-Mercury design will now be run by Ford design bosses in Dearborn, Mich., where the Ford brand products are designed. McGovern, 45, had led Lincoln-Mercury design in Irvine since 1999.
Ford in 2002 combined Lincoln-Mercury operations with its Ford North American automotive business, taking it away from the Premier Automotive Group. Ford insiders told the Wall Street Journal that McGovern was unhappy about that move.
Ford said it will maintain McGovern's design direction for the Lincoln brand. McGovern, a British designer, joined the Lincoln-Mercury design team from Land Rover, where he was design director.
Since McGovern has been at Ford, he was responsible for Aviator and Navigator and redesigned Town Car and Lincoln LS.