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28 August 1958
|Alma mater||Politecnico di Torino|
|Known for||being CEO of Pininfarina, 2008-present|
|Predecessor||Andrea Pininfarina, 2001-2008|
|Relatives||Andrea Pininfarina, brother|
He studied mechanical engineering at Politecnico di Torino before joining his father Sergio Pininfarina's firm (1982), as trainee stationed abroad with Cadillac and Honda (1983), and then as quality manager of the Cadillac Allanté project (1984–86) and program manager of the Engineering GM 200 at General Motors (1987–89) which led to Chevrolet Lumina APV, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Pontiac Trans Sport. Paolo Pininfarina became the first manager of the new Pininfarina Extra S.r.l. (1987) which does design for non-automotive industries (furniture, appliances, maritime), while being in the upper management of the automobile firm as well (board member 1988, deputy chairman 2006) where he now is chairman (2008), succeeding his brother Andrea Pininfarina (1957-2008).
Being a well known designer, he has been member in the steering board of Turin's Istituto Europeo di Design (1996-2004) and is emeritus participating founder of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale of Milan.
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