DETROIT - Cadillac has a new global design director: Clay Dean.
General Motors executives named Dean to the newly created position three weeks ago. He will be instrumental in the designs of several new products slated for Cadillac over the next few years.
The 46-year-old Dean joined GM in 1988. He has been the company's design director for small and mid-sized cars since 2004. Dean worked on three GM architectures and led designs of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters, Chevrolet Cobalt small car, Chevrolet HHR wagon and, most recently, the new Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
Dean scored a big hit in January when one of his designs, the Saturn Aura, won the North American Car of the Year award.
In his new role, Dean will supervise a bigger team. He is also responsible for creating the new Cadillac products, such as a much-talked-about sedan priced below the CTS and a possible new crossover.
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