Today, Autocar reported that the influential 64 year-old scotsman is stepping down as director of the brand to 'pursue other opportunities' whilst remaining a Jaguar consultant.
“I have had an incredible career at Jaguar," Callum said. "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."
"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."
This comes about a year since the reveal of quite possibly Jaguar's most important car yet in the form of the E-Pace. Through his career, he designed the Aston Martin DB7, parts of the DB9 and the Vanquish, along with his considerable Jaguar portfolio, including the 2006 XK, the XF, the XJ, the doomed C-X75, the F-Type sports car, the F-Pace and the aforementioned E-Pace.
Perhaps with Jaguar Land Rovers well-covered financial problems and the impending Brexit complications, Mr. Callum is escaping a sinking ship. All we know is that Ian's work will be remembered and admired for years to come.