Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos is the new head of Alfa Romeo design. The appointment, anticipated in April by Auto&Design, is now official and the Spanish designer will take over from Daniele Calonaci on July 1st. Mesonero will report directly to Jean-Pierre Ploué, Chief Design Officer of the Stellantis group.

“Alejandro’s arrival is a great opportunity for Alfa Romeo. Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos loves cars and has done an excellent job with Cupra. The design team and I are looking forward to working with him,” said Jean-Pierre Ploué. Jean-Philippe Imparato, Chief Executive Officer of Alfa Romeo from January 2021, said he was “delighted to be able to tackle Alfa Romeo’s next challenges with an innovator like Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos. It is a collaboration that will lead the brand to success”.

Mesonero left the Dacia design direction in April, the brand he had joined after working for Seat for almost 10 years. Before joining Seat, the Spanish designer worked at Renault where he was responsible for several design projects and headed the Advanced Design department from 2007 to 2009. In 2009 he was appointed director of Renault Samsung Motors Design in Korea. From 1994 to 2001, he had worked for the Volkswagen group and directed Exterior Design for several projects for the Seat, Volkswagen, Audi and Lamborghini brands. Mesonero-Romanos was born in Madrid in 1968, he graduated in Industrial Design at the Elisava school in Barcelona and later obtained a Master in Automotive Design at the Royal College of Art in London.