After a very turbulent transfer window about a year ago within the Renault group, in particular with the arrival of Luca de Meo, some new recruits have already left the ship.
This is for example the case of Alejandro Mesoneros-Romanos, the new designer of Alfa Romeo, who had previously left Seat to join Dacia. After only six months with the Romanian manufacturer, the Spanish designer left to join the firm in Biscione.
He was replaced by Miles Nurnberger, the former designer of Aston Martin, who will not necessarily have stayed longer. Indeed, the latter has just left the group “for personal reasons” and “starting new professional projects”.
And the name of his successor did not take long to be announced, since it is the French David Durand, already at Dacia for a few years. Before taking over as head of the brand’s design, he served as head of exterior design, notably with many successful projects such as the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway, but also the Jogger, or the Bigster concept car.
David Durand, 49, a graduate of the Strate design school in Paris, joined the Renault group in 1997 and notably designed the Koleos concept. Still for Renault, he also worked in design centers in Barcelona, Seoul and São Paulo.
In his new role, David Durand will join Dacia’s management committee and will report to the head of the Dacia/Lada commercial department, Denis Le Vot, and to the Renault group’s deputy general design manager, Laurens van den Acker.