Saab Designer Profile – Simon Padian

Posted on 12. Nov, 2007 by in 2000-2009, Designers, Mölnlycke, Sweden

padian_200.jpgSimon Padian began his career with Saab Automobile AB 18 years ago in May of 1989 as a designer. Since then he has worked in a number of capacities, then left Saab to work with Cadillac for 11 months, and finally returned back to Saab Automobile in April of 1999 where he worked at the Advanced Concept Center.

Today, Simon Padian is Saab Automobile AB’s current design director and he was most recently responsible for oversight over the redesign of the new 2008 Saab 9-3.

At this time it is understood that he is working at the Saab Design Center in Molnlycke (Pixbo), Sweden just outside of Göteborg.

In June of 2007, Lowe Brindfors, Saab Automobile AB’s advertising & marketing arm, made a promotional video that features the 2008 Saab 9-3 unveiling as well as Simon Padian describing the design features of the refreshed 2008 Saab 9-3.

Here is a brief biography of Simon Padian provided by Saab Automobile AB

Date of birth 7th Feb. 1965
Place of birth Flitwick, England
Family Married to Anna-Lena, one son, Elvin
Current position Saab Director Design
Date of employment 1st may 1989
Experience:
Aug 2005 – Present Saab Director Design
may 2002 – aug 2005 Head of Project Design, Saab Automobile AB.
nov 1999 – may 2002 Chief Designer Carline 1, Saab Automobile AB.
april 1999 – nov 1999 Lead designer, Saab Advanced Concept Center.
march1998- feb 1999 Assignment to GM, Cadillac Design Studio Warren, Detroit.
may 1989 – march 1998 Designer. Saab Automobile AB.
jan.1988 – may 1989 Designer, Kick Design, Holland..
july 1987 – dec 1987 Designer, BSTE Ltd. England.
march 86 – sep 86 Designer, Abtech 84 Ltd.(Training placement).

Education:
1983 – 1987 Coventry University, England
(BA Honours Industrial design Transportation)

Interests:
Mountain biking, Travel, Architecture, Interior Design, Cooking, Home renovation, skiing.

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