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Andrea Pininfarina killed in road accident

Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of the family-owned car design group, has been killed in a road accident. The 51-year-old was hit by a car on the outskirts of Turin while riding a scooter. He is survived by his wife and three children.

In a statement, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy. Andrea Pininfarina was "a leading personality of the country's industrial life and the representative of a dynasty that did so much for the made-in Italy brand around the world," the statement continued.

Andrea (pictured) trained as an engineer in Turin and joined the family business as programme manager of the Cadillac Allanté programme in 1983. In 1987 he was promoted to co-general manager of the company and, in 1988, became general manager. He was again promoted to managing director in 1994, before assuming the responsibility of CEO in 2001.

Pininfarina, which designs cars for luxury brands such as Ferrari, Maserati and Jaguar, was formed in 1930 by Andrea's grandfather, Battista "Pinin" Farina and has remained in the family's control ever since. Andrea's brother Paolo is deputy chairman, their sister, Lorenza, sits on the board and their father, Sergio, is honourary chairman.

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