Designer Ian Callum departs Jaguar after two decades


The man responsible for some of the sexiest Jaguar cars will leave his position at the company this month. Ian Callum spent 20 years heading up Jaguar Design, building a design team that resulted in award-winning designs.

His creations include F-Type, XE, F-Pace, E-Pace, and most recently the all-electric I-Pace as well. The stunning C-X75 concept which the villain “Mr. Hinx” drove in the Bond film Spectre, was Ian’s work too. The I-Pace was crowned 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.

Jaguar’s current and award-winning cars are testament to Ian’s dedication – you can see his ‘signature’ in each and every one. In my view, the World Car Design of the Year winning F-Type, F-Pace and I-Pace – true game changers – are perhaps his greatest achievements. I believe they will be future icons – Dr. Ralf Speth, JLR CEO

Jaguar C-X75 concept with Dave Bautista Spectre movieDave Bautista as “Mr. Hinx”

Prior to Jaguar, Ian designed Aston Martin DB7 and some Ford cars as well. In 2005, Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. In 2014 he received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design.

I have had an incredible career at Jaguar. One of my biggest highlights was creating XF because it represented the beginning of a new era moving Jaguar from tradition to contemporary design – it was a significant turning point in our story. Designing the F-Type was a dream come true for me, and I-Pace was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar – and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come. I came into this role with a mission to take Jaguar design back to where it deserved to be. It has taken 20 years, but I believe I have achieved what I set out to do. Given the strength of both our products and the design team I feel that now is the right time to move on, both personally and professionally, and explore other design projects. Designing Jaguar cars was a lifelong dream for me and I’m delighted to remain involved as a consultant for the brand. I have worked closely with Julian Thomson for 18 years – he is a hugely talented designer and absolutely the right person to lead Jaguar design into its next chapter – Ian Callum

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Today the Queen gave me a present on her birthday!! Ian Callum CBE. So honoured!!

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Ian might have left his position at Jaguar as Director of Design, he’ll, however, continue to work with Jaguar as a Design Consultant.

Julian Thomson

Ian’s position will be filled by current Creative Design Director Julian Thomson, effective 01 July 2019.

I’m honored to take up the position of Director of Design, Jaguar. It will be a great privilege to lead such a talented team, and continue to build on our success. Automotive design has always been fast moving, but today it is changing at a rate faster than ever before. I’m passionate about ensuring Jaguar Design leads that change, and the cars that will drive our future – Julian Thomson

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