Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that the company has appointed Jozef Kabaň as its new head of design. A highly experienced and talented automotive designer, Kabaň, who is 46 years old has spent most of his working life in the automotive segment. He previously worked at the BMW Group where he headed BMW’s Design Studio from 2017.
Kabaň was passionate about car design and art right from an early age, and is known for his obsession for detail. He completed his studies in Bratislava and London and has a Master of Art in Car Design degree from the Royal College of Art in London. He was just 20 when he joined the VW Group as one of its youngest ever designers and moved rapidly to senior roles. In 1998, he became the project lead for the Bugatti Veyron, for which he conceptualized the exterior. Even at this early stage of his career, he gained global recognition for the design, thus showcasing his ability to combine the automotive world with those of luxury and art.
Kabaň moved on to become the Head of Exterior design, first at Audi AG and then at Skoda Auto. At Skoda, he was recognized for revolutionizing the manufacturer’s design ethos, playing a key role in shaping the design and emotionality of the brand through a broad range of models. Throughout this period, he was also tasked with the design responsibility for small volume projects, including limited and special editions and show cars.
Commenting on Kabaň’s appointment, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “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 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 went on to welcome Kabaň to the Rolls-Royce family.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Chief Designer, BMW Group said that the Rolls-Royce Design Team is known for creating outstanding motor cars and luxury objects. He expressed his conviction that Jozef Kabaň would be able to guide the Rolls-Royce team to a very bright future indeed.
Kabaň is married with a daughter and a son and will be based at the company’s design studios in Goodwood, West Sussex and Munich.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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