Crystal Windham Judge
- Director of Design, Cadillac Interiors
Crystal Windham has a passion for automotive interiors and breakthrough design in her leadership of the studio teams behind several award-winning global vehicles in General Motors’ portfolio. In April, she was named Director of Cadillac Interior Design to support the global luxury brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.
“As designers, we've been empowered,” said Windham. “There is an exciting renaissance at Cadillac and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
Since joining GM Design in 1994, Windham’s assignments have included multiple brands in the Michigan studios and special project work abroad. Prior to her appointment to Cadillac, Windham served as Director of Chevrolet Passenger Car and Crossover Interiors, a post that resulted in critical acclaim and industry awards for vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala. She became the first African American female director in GM Design’s history in November 2008.
In her spare time, Windham is passionate about helping young men and women pursue their dream career by developing creative skills and connections to higher education, including serving as a mentor for College of Business Administration students at Detroit Mercy and as a member of the college’s Alumni Board and Board of Advisors.
“I credit a teacher for encouraging me to pursue automotive design,” said Windham. “Conversations and experiential programs have the power to change lives.”
Windham’s work and community service have been widely recognized by the automotive industry. Her awards include the 2013 Urban Wheel Designer of the Year, the Emerging Leader Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Global Automotive Summit, and inclusion among the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News.
Windham holds an Industrial Design degree from the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and an MBA from the University Detroit Mercy.