Julian Thomson is to leave as Jaguar head of design at the end of May. The British designer, who succeeded Ian Callum, was in charge from 1 July 2019 and has not made it known what his next professional adventures will be.
Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, thanked Julian Thomson in an email for his work: “His contribution has been significant, we wish him every success for the future.” Jaguar has not yet announced who will succeed Thomson at the head of design, who will work on creating an all-electric range for the future under the supervision of Gerry McGovern, Chief Creative Officer and member of Jaguar Land Rover’s board of directors. The British luxury brand will become 100% electric in 2025.
Prior to taking on the role of Jaguar’s head of design Julian Thomson spent 18 years working alongside Ian Callum to set the strategic direction of the British brand’s styling. Since joining Jaguar in 2000 he has overseen concept development for the entire current product range. The designer began his career at Ford in Dunton, England, before moving to Lotus, where he became Head of Design, then Head of Exteriors at the Volkswagen Group’s Concept Design Centre.