According to Automotive News Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos would be on the way to France. No comment from the lozenge house
Seat design director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos is said to be leaving the Iberian manufacturer’s style center to join the Renault Group. According to an indiscretion reported by Automotive News Europe, the designer could reunite with his previous boss, Luca De Meo, who left the leadership of the Spanish brand, part of the Volkswagen group, in January to officially start as CEO of the Renault group just this month.
THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW SEAT LEON
Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, who is now 52, arrived at the helm of the Seat style center in 2011, succeeding Luc Donckerwolke, who in turn became head of the Volkswagen Group Advanced Design. According to the rumors of Automotive NewsMesonero-Romanos, protagonist of the latest launch of the new Seat Leon, could go to “strengthen the design team” of the French manufacturer, responding directly to the head of design of the Renault Group, Laurens van den Acker.
RENAULT DOES NOT COMMENT
No comments are received from the Renault Group, while precisely to Automotive News Europe a Seat representative would confirm Mesonero-Romanos’ request to leave the company. “Seat thanks Mesonero-Romanos for his excellent work at the head of our design team for the past nine years and wishes him all the best for the future.” Seat’s head of R&D, Werner Tietz, should remain pro-tempore leading the brand’s design team until the new assignment is assigned.
A CAREER BETWEEN SEAT AND RENAULT
Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos from Madrid started his career in Seat in 1994, dealing with the exterior design of brand projects on various Seat, Volkswagen, Audi and Lamborghini for the first seven years within the Volkswagen group. In 2001 he moved to the Paris office of Renault, to lead the advanced design department from 2007 to 2009, later becoming director of design of Renault Samsung Motors in South Korea. He returned to Seat in 2011 as head of design, Mesonero-Romanos with his work has contributed to a real turn of the brand, after years of uncertainties, and to a financial revival, with a series of successful SUVs and crossovers, such as Ateca, Arona, and Tarraco, the fifth generation of Ibiza, and the last two generations of Leon.
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