Castriota will report directly to Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson.
The New Yorker attended car-design mecca the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., then joined famed Italian auto design house Turin-based Pininfarina. He was also director of design at Stile Bertone and opened a design consultancy with offices in New York and Turin.
Spyker, a Dutch sportscar boutique, bought Saab from General Motors for a reported $74 million in cash this year. The European Investment Bank sweetened the pot with a 400 million euro loan.