Design boss Julian Thomson set to leave Jaguar
The Brit will leave Jaguar and Land Rover after two decades of service
Jaguar and Land Rover's Design boss Julian Thomson will leave the British carmaker at the end of this month. In his two decades of service, Thomson was part of Ian Callum's team and he later succeeded Callum and became JLR's design boss. After less than two years of being the design department's head honcho, he has decided to leave the firm.
Before joining Jaguar in 2000, Thomson worked at Ford, Lotus and Volkswagen. During his tenure at Lotus, he was the man who penned the original Elise. At Jaguar, he was involved in the designs of the Range Rover Evoque, the XE, XF and F-Type.
Julian's departure means that the Callum era has now ended at Jaguar's design department. The legendary designer tweeted and said that Julian Thomson will be "sorely missed" at Jaguar.
JLR CEO Thierry Bolloré said: “Julian has always endeavoured to be a champion of creativity, diversity and building a fair and positive work culture. I would like to thank Julian for his great work, leadership, dedication and significant contribution and wish him every success in the future.”
Nothing has been told regarding where Julian will go, though the JLR group has said that he will explore exciting opportunities after leaving them. Reports suggest that he will be joining EV maker Ola Electric based in India.