Rolls-Royce Loses Second Design Boss In 16 Months As Jozef Kabaň Resigns

Rolls-Royce has lost its second design boss in less than a year and a half as Jozef Kabaň has announced his departure after six months on the job.

In June 2018, Giles Taylor also resigned as Rolls-Royce’s head of design and later announced a surprise move to China’s Hongqi. His successor, Jozef Kabaň, has now left the British automaker and the BMW Group said it was “with immediate effect to pursue other interests.” We’ll no doubt hear more about those plans in the coming weeks and months.

“Although Jozef has been with Rolls-Royce for a very short period we thank him for his input during his tenure. We wish him the best for the future,” said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. The company added that an announcement regarding his successor will be made in due course.

Also read: Former Rolls-Royce Design Boss Lands Job At China’s Hongqi

Before joining Rolls-Royce in March 2019, Jozef Kabaň had been the design boss of the BMW brand since February 2017, reporting to BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk. Prior to that, he was the design chief at VW’s Skoda unit, where he oversaw the rejuvenation of the Czech brand with cars such as the third-generation Octavia and Superb.

However, Kabaň’s best-known work is the exterior design of the Bugatti Veyron he created shortly after starting his career in 1999 with the VW Group. From 2003, he became Audi’s head of exterior design.

It is possible that Kabaň found the job at Rolls-Royce less dynamic than he was used too, given the British brand’s long life cycles and the fact that the lineup was pretty much refreshed when he arrived. The all-new Phantom launched in 2017, followed by the Cullinan SUV in 2018.

The only significant launch expected in the near future is the all-new Ghost, which should arrive next year. However, chances are he didn’t have much say in the styling of of the model as next-generation Ghost prototypes were already on the road when he became Rolls-Royce’s head of design in March 2019.

Note: 2001 Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron Concept pictured

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  • Hitchens2

    Good riddance. The new Phantom is a pig

    • Matt

      He didn’t design the new Phantom. He’d only been there six months…

    • Rahul Mandala

      The new Phantom is drop dead gorgeous. I don’t know what you mean when you call it a “pig”. If you’re talking about the weight aspect of it, it’s a full-sized roller meant to ooze elegance and deliver tonnes of bespoke luxury and superior levels of comfort, world-class ride and build quality, etc., not a Lamborghini conquering the track.

    • Nastinupe1911

      I bet you also blamed Obama for 9/11.


    • Matt

      He didn’t design the Cullinan. And the Veyron is an iconic, if not traditionally ‘beautiful’ design. Considering it was his first real job, pretty impressive.

  • nik

    And I oop-

  • Astonman

    This is interesting. Have to do some snooping now…

  • Harry_Wild

    Lexus or Acura could uses his services for sure! They lost their direction big time!

    • Nastinupe1911

      More like Acura and Infiniti. Lexus has been on a roll lately. The LFC, LS and ES look great.

  • Craig

    I wonder how big the coming on board bonus was?

  • rover10

    There can’t be a fast turn over of models at Rolls, apart from facelifts? A man of his calliabra would find such work as unrewarding.

  • Rahul Mandala

    I hope RR finds someone just as talented if not more for their future products and the like.

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