Pininfarina reaches into the design ranks at Renault, naming Fabio Filippini its new design director-chief creative officer.

Filippini replaces Lowie Vermeersch, who left the Italian design house late last year.

Filippini, 47, was vice president-interior design for Renault, a position he held since 2008. He will join Pininfarina April 1 and report directly to CEO Silvio Pietro Angori.