Rolls-Royce has just appointed a new leader at the helm of their design. As of this month, the role of Head of Design is taken by Jozef Kaban. Formerly Head of Design Studio BMW since 2017, the experienced and talented 46-year old Kaban had spent the majority of his career at a senior level in automotive design.
“I am delighted to announce that Jozef Kabaň has been appointed Head of Design. He is an exceptionally talented designer with a strong track record and a wide breadth of ability. It is a testament to the success of our business that, as the world’s leading luxury house, we are able to attract the world’s very best design talent,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
From an early age, Kaban had a passion and obsession with car design and art. This led him to complete his studies and concluding with a Master of Art in Car Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Having been one of the youngest to ever join the VW Group at 20, his role as designer progressed rapidly. In 1998, he was awarded project lead for the Bugatti Veyron, the exterior of which, he himself designed. This gained him global recognition for demonstrating his ability to combine automobile design with luxury and art.
This previous success led to many more for Kaban. He continued to broaden his experience in the automotive field; he then became Head of Exterior, first for Audi AG, and then at Skoda Auto. It was in the latter that he was recognized for revolutionizing their design ethos, which significantly influenced the design and emotionality of Skoda through its broad range of models.
Domagoj Dukec, previously head of BMW i and BMW M design, will assume design responsibility for the entire BMW brand.
“The realignment of BMW Group Design is a signal of our future orientation. The new structure will ensure more efficiency, speed, and agility in our design process. The new responsibilities will set the design direction for the individual brands and align it to future demands,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design, on Friday in Munich.
With Jozef Kaban's impressive resume, great things are in store for Rolls-Royce’s designs, indeed.