Ford Motor Co.'s electric-vehicle joint-venture partner, Anhui Zotye Automobile, has hired veteran car designer Anthony Williams-Kenny, the MG brand's global design director from China's SAIC Motor.
Williams-Kenny will lead styling and design for Zotye's future product line, the Chinese automaker said.
Williams-Kenny previously was director of SAIC’s European design center in Longbridge, England, and global design director for MG.
He started his auto design career in 1998 in Mitsubishi Motors' European design center in Germany. He joined UK automaker MG Rover two years later.
Williams-Kenny was recruited by SAIC in 2005 as design chief for the state-owned Chinese automaker's Roewe car brand.
In 2010, he was made global design director for MG after SAIC acquired the iconic UK car brand.
Zotye, a private Chinese light-vehicle manufacturer headquartered in the east China city of Jinhua, signed a deal with Ford in November to form a 5 billion yuan ($730 million) joint venture in Jinhua. That venture, due to begin production in September 2019, can build up to 100,000 EVs annually at full capacity.