Bryan Nesbitt was appointed Vice President, GMIO Design, effective August 1, 2011. In this role, Nesbitt serves as the lead voice for Design in the GMIO region and is focusing on continuing to develop and grow the company’s operations in China and India. Nesbitt also serves as the “Brand Champion” for Wuling and Baojun.
Previously, Nesbitt served as the Executive Director of North American Exterior Design and Global Architecture Strategy. He also acted as Global Design's Advanced Technical Work Design Leader and was the “Brand Champion” for Chevrolet.
Nesbitt joined General Motors in April 2001, as chief designer for the Chevrolet brand, and was quickly appointed Executive Director, Design, Body-Frame Integral Architectures, for all 8 GMNA Brands, in January 2002. In this role he directed the design teams that produced many award-winning GM models.
Nesbitt studied Architecture and Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelor’s degree, with Honors, in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Nesbitt received the Young Leadership & Excellence Award issued by the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2002.
Before joining General Motors, Nesbitt served as design manager at DaimlerChrysler. He was the principle designer for the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which sold over 1M units in its decade of production.
Nesbitt also previously acted as General Manager for Cadillac with particular focus on the U.S. market, Nesbitt overhauled the brand’s image with bold actions. Nesbitt was appointed North America Vice President of Design in June 2007, responsible for directing the interior and exterior design teams of all General Motors’ production vehicles developed in North America, including new nameplates like the 2010 Chevy Volt.
Nesbitt was named Executive Director, GM Europe Design in February 2004. In that capacity he headed the GM Europe design organization, responsible for all Opel/Vauxhall and SAAB design activities.