Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, has announced his retirement after 20 fruitful years at the luxury British marque. Effective from July 1, Callum will be succeeded as Director of Design by his colleague, Julian Thomson, who has worked alongside the 64-year-old Scotsman for nearly two decades. However, even though he is stepping down from his current full-time post, Jaguar will still be retaining Callum as a design consultant. His work at Jaguar has been instrumental behind many a success stories, and has resulted in some of the most desirable cars to ever go on sale.

Callum’s career in the automotive industry began back in 1979, when he became a part of Ford Design Studios, spending 12 years and designing vital components such as steering wheels. The next move took him to TWR Design as a Chief Designer. During his tenure at TWR, Callum applied his expertise and auto design know-how, resulting in the creation of the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish, and DB9. In 2005, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) bestowed Callum with their prestigious ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ award. He also won the highly-coveted Minerva Medal from the Chartered Society of Designers, for his achievements in auto design.

Some of Callum's most iconic work at Jaguar includes models such as the XE, XJ, F-Type, F-Pace and the all-electric I-Pace.

I have had an incredible career at Jaguar. 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. Designing the F-TYPE was a dream come true for me, and I-PACE was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar – and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come. 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," Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.

Ian Callum joined Jaguar in 1999, ushering in a new design era for the niche car brand. Some of his most iconic work at Jaguar includes models such as the XE, XJ, F-Type, F-Pace and the all-electric I-Pace. The latter has since gone on to win multiple awards, including 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car. Prof. Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer at Jaguar Land Rover said, “The contribution Ian Callum has made to Jaguar’s industry-leading design reputation cannot be over-stated. Ian stands for the most forward-thinking, rule-breaking and emotive approach to automotive design. He has created a new Jaguar design language – and his passion for Jaguar has seen the range completely transformed during his 20 years in charge. Both personally, and on behalf of everyone at Jaguar, I would like to thank Ian for all he has done, and I am delighted he has committed to continue to be Jaguar’s brand ambassador as a design consultant.”

When asked about his thoughts, Callum said, “I have had an incredible career at Jaguar. 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. Designing the F-TYPE was a dream come true for me, and I-PACE was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar – and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come. 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.”

Callum's work at Jaguar has been instrumental behind many a success stories, and has resulted in some of the most desirable cars to ever go on sale.

For Ian Callum, designing Jaguar cars has been one of his lifelong ambitions, something he has clearly achieved. Regarding his successor, Callum was positive and said, “I have worked closely with Julian Thomson for 18 years – he is a hugely talented designer and absolutely the right person to lead Jaguar design into its next chapter.” Thomson joined Jaguar in 2000, and since then, has played a key role behind the concepts of all current Jaguar models. “I’m honoured to take up the position of Director of Design, Jaguar. It will be a great privilege to lead such a talented team, and continue to build on our success. I’m passionate about ensuring Jaguar Design leads that change, and the cars that will drive our future,” said Julian Thomson, Creative Design Director, Jaguar.