A recent spate of changes in the auto industry’s design community has insiders scratching their heads. “It’s unnatural in that I haven’t seen so much movement at the top in so many places at the same time,” says Bill Barranco, principal of California-based Autovision Design Network Inc., a leading design executive recruiting firm. Starting with Chris Bangle’s departure from BMW AG and culminating with the most recent announcements of Peter Horbury’s return to Volvo Car Corp. and Ikuo ...

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