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In a brief statement Italian design and engineering house Pininfarina has announced that their Director of Design Ken Okuyama - who was responsible for designing cars including the Ferrari Enzo, 612 Scaglietti and Maserati Quattroporte - has been relieved of his duties with the group with immediate effect:

Pininfarina announces that, effective today, Ken Okuyama, Pininfarina?s Director of Design since July 2005, will no longer hold that position. read a statement issued in Turin. The Company?s decision comes as a result of the various external activities Ken Okuyama was carrying out beyond his responsibilities within Pininfarina.

With effect today Andrea Pininfarina Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pininfarina Group ? will hold, pro tempore, the position of Director of Design. The three Chief Designers ?Guglielmo Cartia, Fabrizio Valentini and Lowie Vermeersch will report directly to him the statement concluded.

Ken Okuyama was in fact was promoted to the position of Director of Design just over a year ago, during his second stint with the firm.Ken Okuyama previously worked as a designer for Pininfarina from 1995 - 2000. During that period, he created highly praised designs for production cars such as the Ferrari Enzo supercar, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Gran Tourer and the Maserati Quattroporte luxury saloon.

Ken Okuyama was in fact was promoted to the position of Director of Design just over a year ago, during his second stint with Pininfarina. He had previously worked as a designer for Pininfarina from 1995 - 2000. During that period, he created highly praised designs for production cars such as the Ferrari Enzo supercar, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Gran Tourer and the Maserati Quattroporte luxury saloon as well as a swage of very well received and successful prototype cars that included the Peugeot Nautilus and the Ferrari Rossa. He also supervised production projects for Alfa Romeo, Honda, Mitsubishi and Peugeot.

He left Pininfarina for a four-year tenure as chair of the transportation design department at Art Center College of Design in the United States. Okuyama returned to the prestigious Italian firm in 2004 firstly as Creative Director and then since July 1, 2005 he held the position of Director of Design.
 

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As announced (and reasons suggested) on this thread

http://www.maseratilife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1674

:D

Lot's of changes, maybe the Paris AS will bring some light, BUT if the announcement is the *new* CS abortion :mad: then it might be just a buying-time tactics until they sort-out their *apparent* mess.

Will see...
 

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After Autoblog posted the story about Key leaving:

UPDATE: After posting this article we received an e-mail from Mr. Okuyama. In it he explains that the success of his other industrial design projects and the time commitment they required, factored into the decision to not renew the contract at Pininfarina. The "Ken Okuyama" brand of interior design products and optical glass will continue to grow, but no decision has been made about his automotive design consultancy options as of yet.
 

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I guess you could get tired of designing Ferraris and Maseratis.... naaaaaah

Additional discussion in this thread also
 

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That first article was horibbly written, where did you get it?

Trying to start your own competing firm during the after hours is sure to get you canned.
 

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Andrew said:
That first article was horibbly written, where did you get it?

Trying to start your own competing firm during the after hours is sure to get you canned.

no kidding,

I think the first article came from Italiaspeed. I don't know why I didn't link it. usually do...
 

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as a designer, i think he did a few things that many can only dream of...
enzo, QP, 612...
I dont think he can top those cars anyways...
further, he will make much more money on his own, consulting and industrial design, plus selling eye glasses... not sure about furniture though.
 
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