From Concept to Karma: An Entrepreneurial Journey - Fisker Automotive

Henrik Fisker
Executive Chairman, Fisker Automotive


Wednesday, March 28th 6:00 P.M
Chapman University, Beckman Hall #404
1 University Drive
Orange, CA  92866


 Fisker Automotive, an American car company based in Anaheim, is designing and developing the world’s first line of premium electric plug-in hybrids representing the company’s firm belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance.

Fisker2Henrik Fisker, a native of Denmark, is co-founder, executive chairman, and chief designer at Fisker Automotive. He will be speaking to us about the development of the Fisker Karma, the world’s first – and certainly most beautiful – true electric luxury vehicle with extended range and the freedom to plug in or fill up. An actual Karma will also be available for viewing and admiration outside Beckman Hall.

Immediately prior to co-founding Fisker Automotive in August 2007 Mr. Fisker was, and remains, co-founder and chief executive officer of Fisker Coachbuild, an automotive design house established in 2005 that revived the art of coachbuilding by combining beautiful design with existing world-class engineering.

FrFisker1om 2001 to 2005 Mr. Fisker held prominent design positions at Ford Motor Company. He was creative director at Ingeni, Ford's London-based design and creativity center. At Aston Martin he served as a member of the Board of Directors and design director. There he designed the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and was responsible for the production launch design of the DB9, variants of which were James Bond's preferred vehicles.

Mr. Fisker was also director of Ford's Global Advanced Design Studio in southern California. The cars designed under his direction included show cars such as the Shelby GR1, which was concept showcased at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.

In January 2001 Mr. Fisker became president and chief executive officer of DesignworksUSA, BMW's California-based industrial design subsidiary. Some of his most notable works include the BMW Z07 concept (1997) and Z8 roadster (1999), another Bond car.

In 1989 Fisker began his career in Germany at BMW's advanced design studio, BMW Technik GmbH, upon graduating from The Art Center College of Design in Switzerland.