BMW has confirmed the appointment of Jozef Kaban as lead designer for its namesake marque.
A native of Slovakia, Kaban received a Master of Arts degree from the Royal College of Art in London and gained notoriety early in his career for designing the Bugatti Veyron EB16.4 supercar. Kaban replaces Karim Habib, who announced that he was leaving BMW earlier this year.
Kaban was most recently responsible for overseeing the design direction of Volkswagen’s Skoda brand, following a stint as head of exterior design at Audi. He will lead the design team for BMW under the direction of BMW Group design director Adrian von Hooydonk.
BMW has also announced that Domagoj Dukec will succeed Benoit Jacob as design chief at its BMW i subbrand and M performance division. Dukec was responsible for the exterior design of the Concept Active Tourer.
The appointments of Kaban and Dukec leave BMW with the challenge of finding a replacement for Mini brand chief designer Anders Warming, who parted ways with the automaker in July.
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