Walter de'Silva

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Walter Maria de'Silva (born 27 February 1951 in Lecco, Italy) 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, Volkswagen, SEAT, Škoda as well as Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti. 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'.


Fiat 1972-1977

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

SEAT 1999-2002

In 1999 Ferdinand Piëch assigned Walter de'Silva to work for the Volkswagen Group's SEAT...
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