Trollhattan, Sweden – Jason Castriota, formerly a designer for Bertone and Pininfarina, has joined Saab as its new design director.

Castriota, 36, will take the lead role in design at Saab, reporting directly to CEO Jan Ake Jonsson. He and his design company will be responsible for exterior and interior design and will lead design activities.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jason to our leadership team,” Jonsson said. “He has an outstanding track record in automotive design and will help us take the brand forward. He will play a key role in expressing all that’s best in the innovative tradition of Saab design as we carry our brand’s roots into the future.”

Saab said that Castriota’s recruitment is an important step in the company’s renaissance as a newly-independent carmaker.

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