Tom Matano has over 30 years of experience in the automotive design industry. Prior to joining Mazda, he held design positions at General Motors in Detroit, MI, U.S.A. and Melbourne, Australia, and BMW in Munich, Germany. In 1983, he joined Mazda’s North American studio as a Chief Designer. He continued to become Vice President of the Design and Executive Vice President of Western Operations for Mazda R&D North America, Inc., From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Matano had been moved to Mazda headquarters in Japan, as an Executive Designer in the Global Advance Studio and the General Manager in charge of the Chief Designers as well as the Europe and North American studios.
His accomplishments at Mazda include the MPV, RX-7, and Miata, and many other projects by the design teams he managed and created.
Tom judges many car events each year, such as Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, World Car Design Award, and others.
Mr. Matano is committed to becoming an educator and using his knowledge and experience to enhance the Industrial Design program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.