Mazda Europe's design boss, Kevin Rice, has left the company, the automaker said in a statement.
Mazda said Rice was leaving to pursue a career outside of the automaker. An announcement will be made shortly about Rice's successor, the company said.
Rice rejoined Mazda Europe from BMW in 2013, working firstly as the unit's creative director before a promotion to chief of design operations in 2014. The promotion came shortly before Mazda launched its fourth-generation MX5 roadster, which used the automaker's new Kodo design language.
Rice returned to Mazda after 13 years with BMW where he was responsible for the styling of models including the 1 series and 4 series. During an earlier spell at Mazda Europe between 1995 and 2000, he worked as a senior designer, helping to style the RX-8 roadster and the Neospace concept car.
Rice, a British national, studied transportation design in the UK before starting his career at Opel in Germany in 1986. In 1988, he joined Italdesign Giugiaro in Italy, where he stayed for three years before a period spent freelancing for automakers including Ford and Saab.