Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has
announced that Jozef Kabaň has been appointed Head of
Kabaň, 46, is an experienced and
talented designer, having spent the majority of his career at a senior level in
automotive design. Kabaň 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, Kabaň 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, Kabaň 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.
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, 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 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 continued, “This is an exciting time for our brand and
I look forward to welcoming Jozef to the Rolls-Royce family.”
van Hooydonk, Chief Designer, BMW Group, commented, “The Rolls-Royce Design
Team creates outstanding motor cars and luxury objects. I am convinced that Jozef Kabaň will
guide this phenomenal team into a very bright future indeed.”
married with a daughter and a son and will be based at the company’s design studios
in Goodwood, West Sussex and Munich.
originates from Slovakia. He completed a degree in Product and Industrial
Design from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia in
1993. He graduated with a Master of Art in Car Design from the Royal College of
Art, London, UK in 1997.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BMW Group and is a completely separate company from Rolls-Royce plc, the manufacturer of aircraft engines and propulsion systems. Over 2,000 skilled men and women are employed at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood, West Sussex, the only place in the world where the company’s super-luxury motor cars are hand-built.