Designer of the Bugatti Veyron has left for pastures new, and is the second design chief to leave the brand in the last 16 months.
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Jozef Kaban, head of design for the Rolls-Royce brand, has left the company with immediate effect.

Kaban joined the BMW Group in early 2017 to head up design for the core BMW brand, and moved over to become chief designer for Rolls-Royce in March this year.

He replaced Giles Taylor, who quit the automaker in June 2018 to head up the design team responsible for the Chinese luxury marque Hongqi.

The Slovakian designer began his career at the Volkswagen Group in 1999, and is credited with designing the exterior for the Bugatti Veyron.

This put on the fast track for more senior roles. In 2003 Kaban became design chief for the Audi brand, and in 2008 moved over into a similar position for the mainstream Skoda marque.

According to Rolls-Royce, Kaban is leaving to pursue other interests, which is industry-speak for jumping ship to another manufacturer.

"Although Jozef has been with Rolls-Royce for a very short period we thank him for his input during his tenure. We wish him the best for the future," Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce, said in a prepared statement.

It's unclear where Kaban is heading to, but we expect to find out within the next few months. Rolls-Royce has yet to name a replacement, which will be "made in due course".