Aussie de­sign star head­ing home

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THE de­sign ace who used suc­cess in Aus­tralia to spring­board to the top in the US is com­ing home.

Mike Sim­coe is al­ready pack­ing for a re­turn to Mel­bourne be­fore the end of the year and a likely post­ing as head of Asi­aPa­cific de­sign for Gen­eral Mo­tors.

Sim­coe was the highly-suc­cess­ful head of Holden De­sign at Fish­er­mans Bend, lead­ing a range of projects in­clud­ing the Monaro and the Elfin Speed­ster, be­fore he was tapped for work in Detroit. He is head of ex­te­rior de­sign for the Chevro­let brand, a global job that takes him to the Paris Mo­tor Show for the Euro­pean un­veil­ing of Aus­tralia’s Cruze hatch­back.

Sim­coe ex­pects to be home in De­cem­ber and says that per­sonal rea­sons are be­hind the move.

‘‘I de­cided to be kind to my fam­ily for a change. They agreed to go to the States for three years and it’s been six.’’

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