Moray Callum has been appointed vice president of global design at Ford Motor Company, a position he will fill from January 2014. Callum succeeds current design VP and chief creative officer J Mays, who is set to retire at the end of the year.
Callum is a Ford design veteran, having first joined the company in 1995. He has had overall responsibility for the design of all cars and trucks designed in Ford’s North and South American studios and the new Lincoln products since 2006. He is credited with having designed key North American products like the 2000 Ford Taurus and the last generation Ford Super Duty pickups, and he led the teams responsible for the Mustang, Fusion, Explorer, EcoSport and Lincoln MKZ designs.
His newly expanded role as VP of Design will see him lead the design of all concept and production vehicles for Ford and the Lincoln luxury brand globally.
Prior to taking the reigns as Ford’s executive director of design for The Americas Callum led the design transformation for Mazda, which was then owned by Ford. Based in Japan from 2001-2006, he brought to life a new generation of Mazda vehicles including the iconic MX-5 sports car and CX-7 crossover, along with the all new lineup of models including the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda5 and Mazda6.
Callum’s international design career started in 1982 when he began working for Chrysler Corporation in the UK and then Peugeot-Citroen PSA on passenger and commercial vehicles. After six years, he joined Ghia Spa as a consultant designer. His work included the Ghia Via concept vehicle in 1989, leading Ghia’s design consultancy to Jaguar, and the Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale concept.
Born in 1958, Callum graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. He also holds a master’s degree in transportation design from the Royal College of Art in London.
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