Andreas Thurner is Vice President, Global Design and Architecture for Karma Automotive. Thurner leads Karma Design, a new business unit established to drive the company’s unique design identity and syndicate its styling services. As Karma creates a new business model – one that extends beyond automotive and technology, into customization and design – Thurner’s position plays an integral role in Karma’s diversification and expansion into new market opportunities beyond the traditional retail model.
Thurner joined Karma in 2016 as Exterior Design Lead after leading Advanced Design for Interior and Exterior and Design Innovation Management for the BMW Group. Prior to his time at BMW Group Thurner served as Concept Exterior Designer and Design Manager for Rolls-Royce Motorcars where he applied his keen eye for timeless luxury design to a number of iconic exterior design projects. His notable design accomplishments include the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Ghost Series II and the Rolls-Royce Dawn.
Thurner was schooled in Germany at the University, Hochschule für Gestaltung‘ in Pforzheim, where he earned a diploma in Transportation Design.