Walter Maria de'Silva
(born 27 February 1951 in Lecco
) is an Italian car designer
who is currently Head of Volkswagen Group
Design, and is currently responsible for oversight on the design of all Volkswagen Group passenger car brands including Audi
as well as Bentley
. Since beginning his car design career in 1972 as head of design for FIAT
, de'Silva has also worked as a designer at I.DE.A Institute
, and as head of design for Alfa Romeo
, SEAT and the now defunct 'Audi brand group'.
Walter de'Silva began his career in 1972 at age 21, working for Centro Stile FIAT.
I.DE.A. Institute 1977-1986
After his experience at Fiat, Walter de'Silva worked at the I.DE.A. Institute in Turin, Italy
for nine years under the direction of Franco Mantegazza and Renzo Piano
Alfa Romeo 1986-1999
In 1986 Walter de'Silva was recruited away from the I.DE.A. Institute to become head of Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile. Walter de'Silva remained in this role until 1999.
At Alfa Romeo, de'Silva led the renewal of the brand's design language and repositioning.'Who's Where: Walter de'Silva appointed Head of VW Group Design', Car Design News
, 25 Jan 2007 , accessed 27 Jan 2007
In 1999 Ferdinand Piëch
assigned Walter de'Silva to work for the Volkswagen Group
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