One of Ford’s most talented and senior designers, we’re saddened to report, has left this world far too early.
Christopher Svensson was one of the leading figures behind the design of the new Ford GT – which may have been the crowning achievement in a long string of projects he undertook in a quarter-century of design work for the Blue Oval automaker.
The British native joined Ford back in 1992 after completing his bachelor’s degree in automotive design at Coventry University and his master’s in the same at the Royal College of Art. In the decades since, he worked in Ford design studios in the UK, Germany, Australia, and Michigan, lending his talents to a long string of production and concept vehicles for the company.
Svensson most recently served as head of design for Ford’s SUVs, trucks, and commercial vehicles – responsibilities he assumed after Jim Hackett ascended to the office of chief executive and reshuffled many of his top lieutenants. He took delivery of his own Ford GT in April, joining the classic Mustang (and we’re sure several other Fords) in his garage.
According to Automotive News, Svensson quietly stepped down earlier this month as his illness spread, finally claiming his life. He was just 53 years old, and is survived by his wife Sonia and their two daughters.
“Chris was a talented designer, an inspiring leader and a friend to many people,” Ford said in a statement cited by AN. “He made countless contributions to Ford during his 26-year career and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”