Thomas Ingenlath

Thomas Ingenlath

Thomas Ingenlath, the former head of Volkswagen’s Design Center in Potsdam, Germany, has been appointed by Volvo as its new design chief.

Ingenlath replaces Peter Horbury, who was recently appointed head of design of the Geely Group.

Geely, based in China, is the current owner of Volvo after having bought the automaker from Ford in 2010.

Ingenlath, 48, will assume his latest role on July 1 of this year. He has under his belt more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry.

After studying at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Germany and the Royal College of Art in the UK, Ingenlath was hired by Audi in 1991 and later joined Volkswagen in 1995. From 2000 he worked for Skoda before finally moving to the Volkswagen Design Center in 2006.

"I feel very honored to join Volvo - a brand which I have great admiration for,” Ingenlath said at the announcement of his new role. “The company is heading for a new era and I am looking forward to be part of that development.”

Some of the more notable projects he’s been involved with include the Volkswagen Bluesport Roadster Concept as well as the more recent Nils Concept.