Words: Shubham Choukse
Oliver Stefani becomes the new Head Of Design, Skoda Auto. Previously he had been working as the Exterior Design Director at Volkswagen AG. The 53 year old Stefani holds a BA degree in Product Design from the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany; he has also studied the Transportation Design Course at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California. Before joining Volkswagen, he had worked at various institutions including the Design Centre Europe in Spain.
Oliver Stefani is not new to the Volkswagen group, he joined Volkswagen back in 2002, and since then he has been playing various roles in the group. He majorly contributed in the development of the cars like the Polo, Jetta, Tiguan and also the ID concept.
“In recent years, Skoda’s design has developed extremely well. Most recently, we have also transferred the new and expressive design language to our SUV models,” said Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier. “And now, Oliver Stefani will instigate the next stage of development. He will design our cars to have even greater emotional resonance and will lead them into the era of digitalisation and the electrification of vehicle manufacturing. Oliver Stefani has great creative potential. I am looking forward to working with him,” continued Maier.