BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills the hole left by Karim Habib's departure last month and helps address some of the upheaval at the luxury carmaker's styling department.
Kaban, 44, has been a key player in Volkswagen Group's design department. He first made a name for himself in his 20s when he designed the Bugatti Veyron, a 1 million-euro plus supercar created under VW Group's then-CEO, Ferdinand Piech. At 35, the Slovak national was put in charge of Skoda's design. The promotion came in early 2008 when he was at VW Group sister brand Audi, where he was head of exterior design.