In another exclusive, Car Design News has obtained information regarding Anthony Lo's most recent career move. According to our industry contacts, Lo resigned as Director of Advanced Design at General Motors Europe, handing in his papers yesterday morning. He is now set to become Vice President of Exterior Design at Renault, working under recently appointed Design Director Laurens van den Acker.
Credited with designing the much lauded Saab Aero X concept unveiled at the 2006 Geneva motor show, Lo has also been responsible for numerous avant-garde and acclaimed designs for the Swedish brand and for Opel/Vauxhall products during his tenure as Director of Advanced Design, a role he has been in since 2004. Prior to joining Saab, Lo worked for Mercedes and Audi, but he began his career at Lotus following his graduation from the Royal College of Art's Vehicle Design program.
Lo's resignation opens the door for speculation surrounding the events that led up to his decision. Lo was unavailable for comment, but a call to GM confirmed that he had left the company. The spokesperson declined to give any further details.
In an interview last year, Lo told CDN: "A lot of times when people change jobs it's because they don't have a good fit with the company, but it wasn't planned for me to leave Audi for Mercedes. You don't plan your career that way. It was just an opportunity that came up."
We'll bring you more details as they become available.