Karma Automotive, is expanding its executive leadership team with the appointment of Michelle Christensen, as vice president of global design at Karma’s Design Center. Christensen will be reporting to Jeff Wawrzyniak, chief administrative officer of Karma Automotive.
Christensen will be leading the strategy and operations of Karma’s Design Center, including Brand design development and the design of future Karma products.
Michelle joins Karma Automotive with more than 17 years of extensive design, product development, brand building, and team leadership experience. She has been recognized on MotorTrend’s “Power List” received the “Women On Top” award by Marie Claire Magazine and featured in Advertising Age Magazine’s “Creativity 50”. Her production program leadership has resulted in many industry firsts, earning the coveted Road & Track Performance Car of the Year and Green Car Journal Luxury Green Car of the Year.
“At Karma we are focused on design, craftmanship and technology,” said Jeff Wawrzyniak, Chief Administrative Officer at Karma Automotive. “We are thrilled to have Michelle onboard and to work with her on Karma’s next generation of electric technology and luxurious design.”
Christensen brings extensive prior experience to Karma, ranging from established OEM to start-up studios, including the renowned Nissan Design America, Faraday Future, and GM Advanced Design Studio. A career highlight was her 12 years at Honda R&D, where she led the team of the award-winning 2017 Acura NSX, as well as the 2016 Acura Precision Concept that catalyzed the proportion, identity, and design philosophy for the future of the brand.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. Empowering teams and building beautiful machines is her passion.