GM’s Anne Ascensio: Style Personified
Anne Ascensio is the executive director of advanced design at General Motors. She’s responsible for the advanced design studios in Warren, Mich., Los Angeles and Birmingham, England. She provides a unique outlook on developing concept vehicles and plotting new directions in automotive design. I spoke with her at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, and found her to be a maverick, dispelling the myth that designers are an “old boys’ club” by bringing a woman’s perspecitive and shifting the culture at GM.
We may see the results of her efforts in concepts like the new Chevy Volt. I spoke with her about her role in the concept car’s design and its significance as GM works toward an energy-independent America.