Giles Taylor new design chief at Rolls-Royce

New Design Chief Tapped at Rolls-Royce

With the retirement of Ian Cameron, Rolls-Royce has appointed Giles Taylor, its current exterior design chief, to be the new design director.

Taylor, who assumes his new role as of July 1, will report to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. Cameron had been design director since 1999. Taylor came to Rolls-Royce in April 2011 after a career at Jaguar, where he did design work on two stunning models: the new XJ and XK.

According to the Rolls-Royce press release, "After his design studies in the United Kingdom, Taylor initially gathered experience in several international design roles. The 44 year-old Briton spent 10 years as an executive designer in the British car industry, acting as head of design for two model series at Jaguar. He joined the Rolls-Royce design team in April 2011 as Head of Exterior Design."

While the appointment of Taylor was pre-ordained with his hiring in 2011, Rolls-Royce will miss the talents of Cameron. He joined the BMW Group in 1992 and held leading design roles for several models, including the 3 Series model range, the Z8 and the Range Rover. In 1999 he was appointed to lead the new Rolls Royce design team, resulting in the launch of Phantom in 2003 and all subsequent Phantom and Ghost family models.

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