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Vice President of Design

Phone: (203) ***-****  HQ Phone
Opel
Three Corporate Drive Suite 204
Shelton , Connecticut 06484
United States

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Employment History

Education

  • Master of Arts degree , Automotive Design
    Royal College of Art
  • Bachelor of Science degree with honors , Mechanical Engineering
    Royal College of Art
  • bachelor degree , Mechanical and Automotive Engineering and reading
  • Master's degree , Automotive Design
    Royal College of Art
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"An OPC model must immediately ...
www.opel.com, 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
"An OPC model must immediately be recognizable as such," said Mark Adams, Opel's Vice President for Design. The Astra OPC, for example, is keen to display its perfectly toned body with specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two fully integrated exhaust tail pipes in a trapezoid shape ensuring it has the specific OPC appearance. Moreover, for the Insignia OPC the designers created an archaic sabertooth appearance for the voluminous air intakes. All OPC models follow the requirements set out by Mark Adams.
Mark Adams to repatriate to ...
www.opelegypt.net, 20 Sept 2014 [cached]
Mark Adams to repatriate to Germany, responsible for GME Design
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Mark Adams (51), Executive Director, Global Cadillac and Buick Design and GME Vice President, Design, will repatriate to Germany and assume the position of GME Vice President, Design. In addition, Mark will be the Champion for Opel/Buick brand strategies and design language.
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About Mark Adams: Opel News - Mark Adams, GME Vice President, Design
Mark Adams has been Executive Director, Global Cadillac and Buick Design and GME Vice President, Design, since August 2012. Prior to this assignment, he had been GM Europe Vice President Design since June 1, 2007. In this capacity, he headed the newly established GM Europe design organization, including the Rüsselsheim-based GM Europe Design Center. He was responsible for the design of GM's European brands Opel, Vauxhall and Saab, as well as certain Saturn products in North America.
Adams served in a series of chief designer positions at Ford Motor Company before joining General Motors in September 2002 as Director Exterior Design for the Opel brand. He was responsible for the exterior design of successful models such as the Astra GTC, Zafira, Astra TwinTop, Antara, Corsa and for the design language of Opel and Saab vehicles. In 2004, Adams became Director of Exterior Design for GM Europe and was responsible for the exterior design of all Opel, Saab and Vauxhall vehicles.
Mark Adams was born in London, U.K., on December 11, 1961. He studied both Engineering and Design. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering (vehicle option) and a Master of Arts degree in Automotive Design from the Royal College of Art in London.
Adams shaped models such as the ...
europe.autonews.com, 27 June 2013 [cached]
Adams shaped models such as the Astra GTC, Antara and Corsa during a previous stint at Opel.
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Mark Adams General Motors
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FRANKFURT -- General Motors designer Mark Adams will return to the automaker's Opel/Vauxhall division charged with boosting synergies between the brands and GM's Buick marque.
Adams, 51, will be head of GM Europe design based in Germany. He is tasked with being the "champion" for Opel/Buick brand strategies and design language, Opel said in a statement.
"This move will provide an increased emphasis on joint strategies across Opel/Vauxhall and Buick," Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.
Adams will be a key player in solving what GM CEO Dan Akerson described last week as "probably the most complicated Rubik's Cube" within GM: sorting out the brand strategies of Opel and Buick.
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Adams was appointed as the top designer for Cadillac and Buick last August. Officially, he kept his position as head of design for Europe even after assuming his U.S.-based duties. He was forced to cover both jobs after former Buick-GMC designer Dave Lyon abruptly left in July, just days before he was to replace Adams as head of design for Europe.
Adams has had a high profile as Cadillac's top designer over the past six months with the introduction of key models, including the next-generation CTS sedan, set for a U.S. launch this autumn.
London-born Adams returns to GM Europe for a second stint as design chief. He held the role from 2007 until moving to the U.S. in August 2012.
Adams began his GM career in 2002 as director of exterior design at Opel. He was responsible for shaping models such as the Astra GTC, Zafira, Astra TwinTop, Antara and Corsa. Before joining GM, Adams worked for Ford Motor Co.
Adams will be replaced in the top design job at Cadillac and Buick by Andrew Smith, currently head of the Holden brand in Australia.
GME Chief Designer Mark ...
www.media.opel.com, 30 Jan 2009 [cached]
GME Chief Designer Mark Adams receives DESIGNBEST award
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GME Chief Designer Mark Adams receives DESIGNBEST award
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Mark Adams, Vice-President GM Europe Design, was recognized by an international panel for his work on the design of the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia with the "DESIGNBEST 2009" award from AUTOBEST, organizers of the event. Turkey's jury member Okan Altan presented the trophy Thursday night in a ceremony in Istanbul.
The jury, comprising 15 members from as many countries, gave special kudos to Adams and his Rüsselsheim-based team for the design language "sculptural artistry meets German precision" introduced with the new Insignia. This dynamic design language will be used going forward as the brand introduces new models starting later this year with the next generation Astra.
AUTOBEST is the only international independent jury focusing on best-buy choice for mainstream customers. AUTOBEST jury members hail from central and eastern Europe, representing a virtual market with more than 300 million people.
"I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of the whole team at GM Europe Design," says Adams.
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Adams has been Vice President, GM Europe Design since June 1, 2007 and prior to this was head of all exterior design from 2002. He is responsible for the design of GM's European brands Opel, Vauxhall and Saab.
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Designed for the Best: Autobest Jury Member Okan Altan (left) presents the DESIGNBEST 2009 Award to Mark Adams, Vice president GM Europe Design in Istanbul for his work with the Opel Insignia.
“We want to be the emotional German brand.â€
media.opel.com, 24 April 2014 [cached]
Mark Adams knows a thing or two about car design. As the man behind Opel's looks, the Vice President Design for Opel/Vauxhall has managed to introduce the new characteristic design philosophy called "Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision". It's not merely about functionality, though, but bringing out the emotional aspect. Adams, speaking on the occasion of the World Graphic Design Day on Sunday April 27, reveals his design philosophy and gives a sneak preview of the shape of things to come in the future.
Mark, good design must be ahead of its time for people to appreciate it for years to come. How does this affect your work?
Mark Adams: I definitely agree.
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Mark Adams was born in London (England) in 1961. He studied engineering and design, completing his bachelor degree in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering and reading a Master's degree in Automotive Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He held various executive positions in design at Ford before taking the role of head of Exterior Design for GM Europe in 2002. He was instrumental in the design of the Antara, Astra TwinTop, Corsa, Zafira Tourer and Astra GTC. In 2007, he was appointed Vice President Design for Opel/Vauxhall. From August 2012 to August 2013, Mark took on additional responsibilitiesy as Executive Director of Design for Cadillac and Buick at GM in Warren, USA
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