Jozef Kaban, the designer behind the iconic Bugatti Veyron and many Skoda models, has now joined BMW as head of design. The 44-year-old Slovakian is the latest talent poached by the Bavarian giant to style future BMW cars.
Kaban was last with Skoda and has been with the Volkswagen Group (VAG) since 1999. He rose through the ranks pretty quickly, and in 2003 he became Audi’s head of exterior design before assuming the role as head of design operations in Skoda in 2008. Some of his work, apart from the Veyron, are the Skoda Octavia, Fabia, and Kodiaq.
Kaban will replace Karim Habib and reports directly to BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk. At the same time, Domagoj Dukec has moved to designing cars for the BMW I and M divisions. Kaban will immediately begin working on the upcoming X2 compact SUV, as well as future cars bearing the iconic double-kidney grille.