Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that Jozef Kaban has been appointed the Head of Design. The company says Kaban, is an experienced and talented designer, having spent the majority of his career at a senior level in automotive design. Kaban will be based at the company’s design studios in Goodwood, West Sussex and Munich.
Kaban joins Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from the BMW Group where he has been the Head of Design Studio BMW since 2017. According to the OEM, Kaban completed his studies in Bratislava and London, concluding with a Master of Art in Car Design at the Royal College of Art in London.
He is claimed to be one of the youngest ever designers to join the Volkswagen Group. He progressed rapidly, and in 1998 he was awarded project lead for the Bugatti Veyron, for which he designed the exterior. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars says he achieved global recognition for the design, demonstrating his ability, even at this early stage in his career, to combine the automotive world with those of luxury and art.
In his earlier roles he has gained experience in the automotive field, leading to Head of Exterior roles, first at Audi AG and then Skoda Auto. At Skoda he was recognised for revolutionising the manufacturer’s design ethos, significantly influencing the design and emotionality of the brand through a broad range of models. Throughout this period of his career he also maintained design responsibility for small volume projects, including limited and special editions and show cars.
Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am delighted to announce that Jozef Kaban 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 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.”
He continued, “This is an exciting time for our brand and I look forward to welcoming Jozef to the Rolls-Royce family.”
Adrian van Hooydonk, chief designer, BMW Group, commented, “The Rolls-Royce Design Team creates outstanding motor cars and luxury objects. I am convinced that Jozef Kaban will guide this phenomenal team into a very bright future indeed.”