Martin Smith has resigned as head of design for General Motors Opel and Vauxhall vehicles to become executive director of design for Ford of Europe.
GM has appointed Bryan Nesbitt to replace Smith. Nesbitt, 35, has been executive director of design, body frame integral architectures at GM Design in Warren, Mich.
Smith previously held design positions at Porsche and Audi. In his new position, he will report to product development chief Derrick Kuzak and to Ford's global group Vice President of Design J Mays.
Nesbitt has been responsible for exterior designs for all GM North America unibody vehicles, including small, midsized, large and luxury cars, and all unibody crossover vehicles. Nesbitt joined GM in 2001 as chief designer for Chevrolet, and took his current position in 2002. Nesbitt came to GM from DaimlerChrysler, where he designed the PT Cruiser.