Julien Montousse is director of design for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). In this role, he oversees all of Mazda’s North American design operations, including next-generation vehicle design, exterior, interior and brand strategy development. A seasoned designer, Montousse joined Mazda in 2009 and lead interior design at Mazda’s North American studio with long-term assignments at Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. Montousse came to Mazda directly from his former position as designer for General Motors. He is credited with designing the interior of the Chevrolet Camaro concept back in 2005. Montousse has been instrumental in strengthening Mazda’s overall direction through his keen focus on creating driving atmospheres. Montousse helped propel the production design process of Mazda’s award-winning sixth-generation lineup, including the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and current-generation Mazda6. Montousse, earned his bachelor’s degree from Strate School of Design in France.