Robert Lesnik has been with Mercedes–Benz a scant four years, but he has already had the opportunity to make his mark. Appointed to head exterior design at the company since the start of the year, Lesnik effectively replaces Hans-Dieter Futschik in overseeing all exterior design for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s passenger cars. He’s had a lot of practice already.
In his previous role as exterior design chief – a position now filled by former Audi designer Achim Badstübner – Lesnik devised the successful shapes of concept cars like the Concept CLS Shooting-Brake, Concept-GLA, Concept Style Coupe/CLA, and fabulous Concept S-Class Coupe. He also led the exterior design of the recent C-Class, S-Class and S-Class Coupe.
He’s now overseeing a team of 65 people – including design engineers – and tasked with developing the next phase of the ‘sensual purity’ design ethos he helped create since joining the company in 2009.