Ex-Renault man to replace Ford design chief

By CARSIFU | 26 January 2021

Callum (left) will be replaced by Lo from May 1.

DETROIT: Ford's design chief Moray Callum will be retiring soon. He will be succeeded by Anthony Lo, who most recently was Renault's vice president for exterior design.

Callum’s retirement is effective May 1, enabling a one-month transition to Lo, who will start with Ford on April 1. Like Callum, Lo will report to Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform and operations officer.

Callum’s design influence on Ford and the industry has been extensive. His most recent body of work was particularly prolific, as Callum and his team helped create and introduce the acclaimed 2021 F-150, Mustang Mach-E, and reimagined Bronco and Bronco Sport. A refined, modern design language for Lincoln has been essential to the brand’s global resurgence.

Among notable designs Callum steered across his career were the 1999 Super Duty truck, 2011 Explorer, 2005 Mazda MX-5, 2007 Mazda CX-7, 2015 Mustang and F-150, and 2016 GT.

Lo will join Ford in the midst of an ambitious plan to turn around and grow its automotive business, with continued design of must-have vehicles.

Born in Hong Kong, Lo got his initial break in the auto industry in 1987, when a professor at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied offered him a position at Lotus Cars in England. There, Lo designed the distinctive Lotus Carlton, the world’s fastest car of its type at the time.

At Renault in Paris for the past 10 years, Lo was instrumental in development of the company’s “Cycle of Life” design strategy. That approach was the basis for a series of award-winning concept cars, such as the Dezir, Captur, R-Space, Frendzy, Twin’Z, Twin’Run and Trezor. Lo and his team implemented the strategy in Renault’s all-new global lineup of cars and SUVs.

Among production vehicles about which Lo is most proud are the second-generation of the Renault Captur, which built on the success of the original model with features like a wider track, distinctive lighting signature and more expressive body sides, and the Dacia Duster 2, delivering on its low-cost objective without compromising attractiveness.

Other car makers Lo has worked for include Saab, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

In addition to a master’s degree in Automotive Design from Royal College of Art, Lo holds a higher diploma in Industrial Design from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.