Gerry McGovern Named ‘Designer of the Year’
Gerry McGovern, design boss at both Land Rover and Range Rover, was last night named Designer of the Year at the Festival Automobile International.
The annual awards are decided by a 15-strong jury from the automotive industry, sport, architecture, fashion, design, culture and the media. Jury members at this year’s event, which was held at the Hotel National des Invalides, included architect Jean Michel Wilmotte, stylist Chantal Thomas, designer Anne Asensio, and Etienne Gernelle – the current president and CEO of Le Point magazine.
Rémi Depoix, president of the Festival Automobile International, said: “Gerry McGovern has been recognised by the jury of the 33rd Festival Automobile International of Paris for his astonishing masterpiece, the Range Rover Velar, and for his whole career.
“One of his remarkable achievements is to adapt Land Rover’s DNA, a transformation that began with the Range Rover Evoque. The British automotive industry has been reinvented in Gerry’s vision and Land Rover is an incredible success story. Congratulations to him and his team.”
“My team has worked tirelessly to create the most desirable vehicles that our customers will love for life – vehicles that resonate with our customers on an emotional level,” added McGovern.
The all-new Velar, the fourth member of the Range Rover family, fills the space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
Jaguar Land Rover also recently announced that from 2020 all new vehicles will be electrified.