- The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, presented the award to the Head of Volkswagen Group Design at the opening event of the automotive show
The award recognizes the broad professional career of de Silva and his contribution to the automotive world. In 1999, the designer joined the Volkswagen Group as Head of Design at SEAT, where he developed the Salsa and Tango concept cars, as well as the new SEAT León and the Ibiza, Altea and Toledo models.
In February 2007, de Silva was named Head of Volkswagen Group Design and, since then, he has assumed responsibility for the design of all the Group brands. Some of his most outstanding designs are the Audi A6, Q7, TT, R8 or A5, as well as the Volkswagen Golf, Polo, up! or the New Beetle, among others.
"After a long career of over 40 years, being the first winner of the Designer Award is a true professional recognition. I am very grateful to the jury for giving me this award and also for doing so in such an incomparable setting as the Barcelona International Auto Show", appreciates Walter de Silva.
As Head of Volkswagen Group Design, Walter de Silva works in order to promote culture, quality and the high design profile of the Group, allowing each brand to maintain a strong identity and a high degree of creative autonomy. Throughout his career, several of de Silva's designs have received prestigious awards as the "Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany" for the Audi A5 in February 2010.