Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Global GMC & Buick de­sign

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YORK­SHIRE-BORN He­len Em­s­ley has risen through the ranks at Gen­eral Mo­tors since join­ing Opel’s de­sign team in 1989. She ini­tially spe­cialised in colour and trim, but her work on some key in­te­ri­ors saw her brought to the US to work on the Corvette cabin. Since then her ca­reer has ac­cel­er­ated; in 2013 she took on a 70-strong team as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of pick-up di­vi­sion GMC’S de­sign stu­dio. And in late 2016 her role was ex­panded to man­age 40-odd more de­sign­ers at Buick as it en­joys around four fifths of its sales in China.

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