GM Appoints Design Director for New China Advanced Studio

Bryan Nesbitt, GM International Operations Vice President, Design, who we talked with in the AD&P July-August issue, now based in Shanghai, has a new designer on staff.

Bryan Nesbitt, GM International Operations Vice President, Design, who we talked with in the AD&P July-August issue, now based in Shanghai, has a new designer on staff. It’s Wulin Gaowa, who has been named the first Design Director of the GM China Advanced Studio.

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Wulin Gaowa, Design Director, GM China Advanced Studio

That Shanghai studio is focused on meeting the design needs of the Chinese market.

Gaowa’s resume includes stints at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center in Sindelfingen, Germany, and Italdesign Giugiaro in Moncarieri, Italy. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing and a master’s degree in transportation from Fachhochschule Pforzheim in Germany.

Talking about the appointment, Ed Welburn, Global Vice President, GM Design, said, “As China exerts a greater influence on global automotive design, the work of Wulin and her team will be critical for helping GM remain a trendsetter locally and around the world.”

Given that the population of China is on the order of 1.3-billion, “a greater influence on global automotive design” will undoubtedly become an understatement.