Jozef Kaban made Rolls-Royce design chief

By DPA | 2 April 2019

LONDON: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that Jozef Kaban has been appointed its design chief.

Kaban, 46, is an experienced and talented designer, having spent the majority of his career at a senior level in automotive design. Kaban joins Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from the BMW Group where he has been Head of Design Studio BMW since 2017.

Passionate about car design and art from an early age, and with an obsession for detail, 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.

Aged just 20, Kaban was one of the youngest ever designers to join the VW Group. He progressed rapidly, and in 1998 he was awarded project lead for the Bugatti Veyron, for which he designed the exterior. He gained 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.

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His success led to a desire to continue broadening his 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, 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.

“Jozef Kaban ... is an exceptionally talented designer with a strong track record and a wide breadth of ability," said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

“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,” said BMW Group chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk.

Kaban is married with a daughter and a son and will be based at the company’s design studios in Goodwood, West Sussex and Munich.