BMW SELECTS SKODA EXECUTIVE TO LEAD DESIGN AT CORE BRAND
on February 10, 2017 in
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills the hole left by Kari
m Habib’s departure last month and helps address some of the upheaval at the luxury carmaker’s styling department.
Kaban, 44, has been a key player in Volkswagen Group’s design department. He first made a name for himself in his 20s when he designed the Bugatti Veyron, a 1 million-euro plus supercar created under VW Group’s then-CEO, Ferdinand Piech. At 35, the Slovak national was put in charge of Skoda’s design. The promotion came in early 2008 when he was at VW Group sister brand Audi, where he was head of exterior design.
Kaban was named head of Skoda design in 2008. Kaban’s hiring is one of two key recent moves made by BMW Group’s chief designer, Adrian van Hooydonk, who promoted Domagoj Dukec, 41, to take over design responsibilities at BMW’s i subbrand and the M performance division. Dukec, who penned the Concept Active Tourer during his time as BMW brand’s exterior design, immediate succeeds Benoit Jacob as design chief at BMW i.
A BMW spokesperson said Kaban would start in the second half of the year.