Ex-Lincoln Design Boss David Woodhouse Joins Nissan As Vice President of Design

David Woodhouse joins Nissan design
Former Lincoln design director David Woodhouse has joined Nissan Design America’s team, according to a company statement. [Photo: Nissan]

Woodhouse recently resigned from Ford Motor Company.

Earlier this week, mystery surrounded the sudden departure of David Woodhouse, Lincoln’s design boss since 2013. Now, the picture is much clearer. Today, Nissan America formally announced Woodhouse as its vice president of design. In this role, he will also serve on the company’s Global Design Management Committee.

Prior to his departure from Lincoln, Woodhouse made a private post on Facebook. He noted his decision was a “difficult” one, but gave no other information at the time. He first joined on at Ford in 1999, but also served as a designer at Cadillac and BMW.

David Woodhouse departs Lincoln
Woodhouse formally headed Lincoln’s design department.

“Woodhouse brings more than 25 years of global automotive design expertise to his new role at Nissan,” the company said in a statement. “David’s talent, leadership and vision will ensure that NDA (Nissan Design America) shapes an exciting future for the Infiniti and Nissan brands as well as groundbreaking user experience concepts for our customers for years to come.”

Interestingly, the statement does say Woodhouse will be responsible for both brands, so he may will have his hands in future Nissan designs, as well as its luxury marque. We’ll have to wait and see what that means for the brands’ future cars.

Check out one of David Woodhouse’s most recent projects, the Lincoln Aviator, below: