Jaguar has officially confirmed that Ian Callum, Design Director, is all set to leave the company after a stint spanning over almost two decades. The company has named Julian Thomson as Ian's replacement, effective from July 1, 2019. Julian is currently Creative Design Director at Jaguar and has been responsible for establishing the future strategic design direction for the brand. Ian Callum, having joined Jaguar 1999, created a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the Jaguar range with award-winning designs.
Some of Ian's most magnificent work includes the F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type – the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE. Mr. Callum spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design Studios, moving on to become Chief Designer of TWR Design, where he was the creator of Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, in 2005 Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. In 2014 Ian Callum received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design.
As for Julian Thomson, he joined Jaguar in 2000 and has overseen the development of the design concepts for the entire current product range. Julian began his career at Ford in Dunton, England, before moving to Lotus, where he became Head of Design, then Chief of Exteriors at Volkswagen Group's Concept Design Centre. Prof. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer said: “The contribution Ian Callum has made to Jaguar’s industry-leading design reputation cannot be over-stated. Ian stands for the most forward-thinking, rule-breaking and emotive approach to automotive design. He has created a new Jaguar design language – and his passion for Jaguar has seen the range completely transformed during his 20 years in charge."