The man responsible for the polarising design of the now legendary Bugatti Veyron, Jozef Kaban, will now head up design for the BMW brand.
Reporting to BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk, the 44-year-old Slovakian designer will take the lead on styling all models that form part of the core BMW range, but not Mini or Rolls-Royce.
Kaban begin his career at VW, first as a design assistant for Audi, later becoming chief exterior designer for the four-ringed brand. Before joining BMW, Kaban was head of exterior design for the Skoda brand.
Dukec became head of exterior design for the BMW brand in 2013, and has already worked on the i brand, but he will now focus exclusively on the brand’s greenest and meanest models.
The Mini brand remains bereft of a design chief, with former head Anders Warming leaving the company in July last year.