Freeman Thomas 上任福特 Strategic Design Director

May 4, 2005 – Long-time DaimlerChrysler designer Freeman Thomas is joining Ford Motor Company from June 1. Thomas, 47, will become director of Strategic Design, reporting to Peter Horbury, executive director of Design, North America. Based in the company’s Irvine, California studio, Thomas will lead advanced design teams in both California and Dearborn. In addition to developing product design strategies and concept vehicles, the Strategic Design team works closely with the Advanced Product Creation team in developing new production vehicles.
除了Mays 和 Horbury,福特有了很多顶级的设计师如:Martin Smith,Geoff Upex( Land Rover),Gerry McGovern( Land Rover),Ian Callum(Jaguar),Steve Mattin(Volvo),Moray Callum(Mazda)。

Freeman Thomas毕业于ACCD,83 年任Porsche AG的高级设计师,87年离开Porsche (但仍然为做Porsche product designs)做起咨询公司 ,任教于ACCD和为汽车杂志作分析,91年进入Audi,其间一同设计了Volkswagen Concept 1 ,Audi TT concept ,Audi TTS Spyder Concept ,96年到SHR,和Mays一起搞了an aluminum space-frame vehicle for Alcoa,同年回到Volkswagen作主任设计师,99年任DaimlerChrysler Advanced Product Design Strategy 的 vice president ,2002改名为the head of Pacifica Advanced Design Center。