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Patrick le Quément (FR) - Design Chief, Renault France

Born in Marseille, France, and educated in Great Britain, Patrick le Quément has emerged as one of the world's most influential car designers. Patrick is currently Renault's Senior Vice President Corporate Design and Chairman of the Renault Nissan Joint Design Policy Group.

Patrick began his career in Ford where he spent 17 years working by turns in the UK, Germany, North America, Brazil, Australia and Japan.

In 1969, he drew his first ever plaudits from the Design community for his work on the Cargo truck. Then, out of a range of projects over which he had responsibility, the Ford Sierra in Germany in 1979 emerged as a major commercial success and represented a landmark in the history of auto design.

In June 1985 Carl Hahn, Chairman of the Volkswagen-Audi Group, invited him to set up a centre for Advance Design and Strategy.

Then in 1987 Raymond H. Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Renault offered him carte blanche to take charge of Renault's style department, to effect any changes he saw fit in order to turn the design function into a strategic corporate tool.

Patrick le Quément's merit goes far beyond the creation of innovative vehicles. The whole industrial design community owes to him a clear demonstration that a design department can play a major role in the strategy of a large company.

The choice by Renault of its new signature "Renault. Créateur d'Automobiles" follows from this fact.

Patrick le Quément has received numerous awards, including the French Grand Prix National for Industrial Design in 1992, the award of Doctor of the University of Central England in 1996 and Knight of the "Ordre National" of the French Legion of Honour in 1998. The Raymond Loewy Designer of the year Award in 2002.

He is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Industrial Design in Paris.

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