John Manoogian II

John Manoogian II earned his bachelor’s degree in Product /Industrial Design from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design and an MBA from Oakland University in Michigan . He also completed the Columbia University Senior Executive Program in New York City.

Manoogian began his professional career as a designer and clay sculptor at the Ford Motor Company. In 1976, Manoogian joined General Motors as a Creative Designer in the Oldsmobile Exterior Studio. Subsequently, he served as Assistant Chief Designer for Cadillac, Saturn and Pontiac Exteriors before becoming Chief Designer Pontiac Exteriors responsible for Grand Prix and Grand Am. He then went on to become Chief Designer for the exteriors of the Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac DTS.

Manoogian’s most recent and final assignment at GM was Director of Exterior Design for Cadillac, where he was responsible for the award winning 2008 CTS sedan, the Best Concept Car Design Award winning CTS Coupe show car and production vehicle,  the CTS sport wagon and the V varients of the CTS lineup. He was also responsible for the 2009 USA Presidential Limousine.

Manoogian left General Motors Design in ‘09 after 32 years service. He recently formed Forzablitz Design, a creative solutions design consultancy. Currently, he is a visiting professor at the College for Creative Studies, teaching the next generation of designers and innovators the fine art of Vehicle Design.

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