Ian Callum is the right guy to lead Jaguar design. It won't be easy filling the shoes of the late Geoff Lawson, who will be remembered as one of the greatest stylists in the company's history. But in Callum, Ford has found a British designer with proven Jaguar sensibilities. He was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7 that clearly influenced the shape of the Jaguar XK8.
He also played a critical, though not fully credited, role in the design of the Volvo C70 coupe and convertible - cars which helped redefine the look and feel of Volvo. He worked on the Aston and Volvo projects while serving as chief designer of the UK consultant firm TWR Design for eight years.
Scottish-born Callum began his design career at Ford. Before TWR, his main claims to fame were the Zig and Zag concept cars while he was design manager at Ford's Ghia studio in Turin, Italy. The influence of those small cars can be seen throughout Ford today.
It was time for Ian Callum to come out of the shadows, and we're glad that Jaguar has made that possible.