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Derek Jenkins is director of design for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). In this role, he oversees all design developments, including exterior and interior design, color and material, accessories and overall design strategy. Jenkins spearheads both global and local production programs as well as concept vehicles and special models.
A veteran designer, Jenkins joined Mazda directly from his former position as chief designer for Volkswagen North America. Prior to his tenure with Volkswagen, Jenkins spent eight years with Audi, serving first as lead exterior designer, followed by assistant chief designer for Audi Design.
Jenkins has been a key central player in the creation and development of Mazda’s acclaimed Kodo Design direction. Jenkins is also credited for his direct contributions to the 2010 Shinari concept vehicle as well the highly successful CX5 and new Mazda6. Prior to joining Mazda he is also credited with numerous concept and production vehicles with the Volkswagen Group including the Audi A2, A8 and Volkswagen Scirocco concept. Other key accomplishments include the Volkswagen Microbus Concept, Volkswagen Ragster Concept, Volkswagen Concept T, Volkswagen GX3 and SEMA concepts from 2005 through 2008. Jenkins also played an integral role in the design of the Kobe Bryant Signature Adidas basketball shoe.
Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Science from the Art Center College of Design. He resides in Malibu, Calif. with his wife and two sons.
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