A graduate of the Royal College of Art, the 46-year old will sit at the helm of the company’s styling division from June 1, 2021. He will team up with the brand’s Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Francois, and will report to the Stellantis Chief Design Officer, Jean-Pierre Ploue.
“I am glad to welcome a talented designer with recognized professional skills”, Jean-Pierre Ploue said. “His forward-thinking design approach and his great personality will be core strengths to lead Fiat and Abarth future changes.”
“I am really excited to welcome Francois Leboine to the world of Fiat in a moment that is so full of opportunities with the power and scale of the new Group”, added Olivier Francois. “Designing new Fiat and Abarth cars is key to expressing our full potential for customers around the world.”
Francois Leboine comes from Renault, where he was the Design Director of the Concept and Show Cars division. From that role, he oversaw the creation of the Morphoz concept and cute Renault 5 prototype. Leboine also developed the Renault Clio subcompact hatchback and the Captur B-segment crossover from his position as Chief of Exterior Design Studio, and he is also responsible for the development of the Dacia Sandero, which is the cheapest new car on sale in the United Kingdom in 2021.