Kabaň will return to VW as the brand’s chief designer

Slovak Jozef Kabaň unexpectedly left Rolls-Royce earlier this year.

The then Škoda head of design Jozef Kabaň talks to the media about the Škoda Kodiaq in Berlin on Sep 1, 2016The then Škoda head of design Jozef Kabaň talks to the media about the Škoda Kodiaq in Berlin on Sep 1, 2016(Source: Škoda)

The German carmaker Volkswagen has announced a few leadership changes in its design departments. One of them concerns Slovak Jozef Kabaň.

Starting in July 2020, he will take over the design section at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand from Klaus Bischoff, who has managed the section for 12 years. Bischoff will become the new head of group design instead.

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Kabaň had worked for the German car manufacturer for 25 years, before taking up a position as head of design at BMW in 2017.

He was appointed head of design at Rolls Royce in March 2019 but left after only six months.

A decade with Škoda

A native from Námestovo (Žilina Region), he began his career in exterior design at Volkswagen in 1993. Since then, he has worked for a number of brands belonging to the Volkswagen Group, including Audi, Bugatti, Seat, and Škoda.

He spent the longest time at Škoda, which he joined in 2008. He worked on models such as the Octavia, Fabia, Superb, KodiaQ, and Karoq.

Kabaň studied product and industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (VŠVU) in Bratislava and went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London.

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