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GM veteran Zak will head Hyundai design unit

Rick Kranz
Automotive News
April 1, 2009 - 4:22 pm ET

Phillip Zak has been named chief designer of the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif. He will be responsible for new-vehicle and concept design for Hyundai.

Zak, 43, has more than 20 years of automotive design experience and most recently was design director for General Motors Europe.

"Phillip's strong experience in working across multiple regions and his leadership role on advanced projects" were what Hyundai was looking for, said C.K. Park, president of Hyundai America Technical Center Inc.

Zak started his career at GM in 1988 as a designer sketching new-vehicle concepts.

During his 20 years at GM he held various positions, including lead designer, chief designer and design manager. In recent years Zak had responsibility for the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, 2010 GMC Terrain, 2009 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle, 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G-6.
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