Jaguar design director Julian Thomson will leave the British firm at the end of the month after less than two years in the role.
The reasons for the departure are unclear, but a statement from Jaguar said it will explore other exciting opportunities outside of Jaguar Land Rover. Reports online suggest he may travel to India to work for fledgling EV maker Ola Electric.
Thomson has been with Jaguar for over 21 years, after 12 years at Lotus – where he wrote the original Elise – and a brief stint in Germany for Volkswagen working on production and concept vehicles.
During a two-year stint as Director of Advanced Design at Land Rover, he was involved in the design of the radical LRX concept, which would become one of the company’s most important models: the Range Rover Evoque.
He was also a member of the team that created the final designs for Jaguar models, including the XE, XF and F-Type, and he was appointed Design Director in 2019 when his predecessor Ian Callum left to pursue business. other routes.
Hearing the news, Callum tweeted: “So sad and disappointed to see Julian Thomson leaving Jaguar Design. Especially at a time when Jaguar needs such caliber directors, leadership skills and talent. Julian the best for everything he does. Next. He will be sorely missed. “
CEO of JLR Thierry bollore said: “Julian has always strived to be a champion of creativity, diversity and building a fair and positive work culture. I would like to thank Julian for his excellent work, leadership, dedication and significant contribution and I wish him every success in the future. “
This last minute story is updated.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-05 15:45:40