Sharon Gauci

Executive Director of Design
Global Buick & GMC

Sharon Gauci a native Australian, was appointed to Executive Director of DesignGlobal Buick and GMC on October 1, 2021. An experienced design leader, Gauci has held a variety of different global roles. Prior to her current appointment, Gauci was the Executive Director of Industrial Design at General Motors, a role held since January 2018. In June 2020, Sharon joined GM’s Sustainability Office, where she was one of seven executive leaders working across the organization to implement strategies supporting GM’s Zero Emissions vision.

In her current role, Gauci is responsible for leading studios to create the visual expression and design strategies for Buick, GMC and GMC Hummer trucks, cars, crossovers and SUVs across all of GM’s markets.

In her previous role, Gauci oversaw the redesign of the GM logo, introduced globally in January 2021—only the fifth change in the history of the brandmark.

Gauci is the first recipient of Good Design Australia’s inaugural Women in Design Award in 2019, the first female keynote speaker at Wards Auto Interior Conference in 2018 and the first female to be included as a core judge for the Australian Design Awards in 2005, at the time a 50 year award program. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design in 1993 from Swinburne University in Melbourne.

Gauci worked at both Ford Motor Company and BMW Australia before joining GM Holden in 2004.

In 2021, she commenced service as a Board of Trustees member for PRATT Institute, a global leader in higher education situated in New York City.

Gauci said what she loves most about design is working with highly creative and talented people and fostering the growth of young designers.

As a leader my goal is to bring awareness to the creative opportunities our business offers and foster the next generation of passionate and diverse talent. Diversity in thought and in education is critical to getting the best ideas and the most creative solutions possible. And diversity means including women and minorities and those underrepresented in the design world”.

Throughout her extensive design career including regional roles and advanced design, Gauci hasworked on many global vehicles including trucks, performance cars and mobility solutions such as the award winning ARIV e-bike, Brightdrop and Cruise Origin. Most recent vehicles include the Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Escala, Buick Avista and Avenir – which won the Eyes on Design C&T award.