Cadillac has appointed Clay Dean as its new global design director, who’ll be spearheading the design of several new Cadillac models over the next several years. Dean has been working for GM since 1988 and has been employed as its design director for small and mid-sized cars since 2004. During much of this time he has developed three new vehicle architectures and helped with the design work for the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters, as well as the Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR and the new Malibu sedan.

How this background will help design work over at GM’s luxury division is still to be determined. Automotive News reports that Dean’s win in the North American Car of the Year awards for his work on the Saturn Aura was influential in him gaining the lead design seat at Cadillac.

For the newly created role, Dean will be supervising a large team of designers and will be responsible for a new entry-level Cadillac sedan as well as a possible new crossover.