Rolls-Royce has appointed its first new design director in more than a decade as it works on its next generation of ultimate luxury cars – Giles Taylor will be taking over the title of Design Director at the company starting July 1, 2012. He will be replacing Ian Cameron (who is retiring after holding the title since 1999) and will report directly to BMW Group design senior vice president Adrian van Hooydonk.
Taylor has held many international design roles and spent 10 years as an executive designer in the British car industry where he was the head of design for two model series at Jaguar.
He joined the Rolls-Royce design team in April 2011 as Head of Exterior Design.
“On behalf of BMW Group Design, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for Ian’s years of leadership and contribution to the Rolls-Royce brand,” said van Hooydonk. “His deep understanding of Rolls-Royce values and history has proven invaluable. Giles Taylor brings with him exceptional design skills and a comprehensive understanding of British values and heritage that are so crucial to Rolls-Royce; I have no doubt that he will successfully continue to develop the outstanding design ethos so successfully created by Ian Cameron and his team.”