Jaguar has announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades. He explained he felt it was the right time to move on exploring other design projects, even if he will contniue to collaborate with Jaguar as an external Design Consultant. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of Design, effective 01 July. About Ian Callum Ian Callum joined Jaguar in 1999, and since then he has renewed the creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs including the F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type – the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car. Ian Callum said “I have had an incredible … [Read more...] about Ian Callum leaves Jaguar
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Jaguar design boss Ian Callum is leaving the car maker after a 20-year stint at the Coventry-based business. During his time at Jaguar, the 64-year-old Scot is credited with moving on Jaguar from a often staid and traditional design philosophy to a contemporary one that helped the marque win recognition as one of the world’s most admired brands. “I have had an incredible career at Jaguar," Mr Callum said. "One of my biggest highlights was creating XF, because it represented the beginning of a new era. It was a significant turning point in our story.” The designer described designing Jaguars as a “lifelong dream” and said he joined the business with “a mission to take the Jaguar design back to where it deserved to be”. Although famed for early designs and icons such as the 1960s Mark 2 saloon, XJ and E-Type sports car, the marque lost its way. The S-Type saloon was much criticised as little more than a warmed-up Ford Mondeo, having being … [Read more...] about Jaguar design boss Ian Callum to step down after 20 years
Jaguar’s women are celebrating International Women’s Day by showcasing automotive industry careers in a new video. The video, called #SheDidIt, stars some of the female employees who design, manufacture, test and sell our cars. Creating a workforce as diverse as our customers will help Jaguar deliver the cars women want. The women of #SheDidIt tell a full female story of Jaguar vehicles, from clay modeller Shamaila Khan’s design work right through to customer Jess Monks, who loves her Jaguar F-PACE performance SUV. Fiona Pargeter, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director, said: “We put our customers first throughout the design and development of our products. Therefore diversity in our workforce is key. “We have trebled the number of women in management roles and we outperform the national average threefold in the recruitment of female engineering apprentices. “Our film showcases that more and more females are enjoying rewarding careers in … [Read more...] about ON THE ROAD- INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATED AT JAGUAR WITH #SHEDIDIT VIDEO
LOS ANGELES — Like all other automakers, Jaguar Land Rover faces the challenge of helping its dealerships hire enough service technicians amid an industrywide shortage. JLR is recruiting and training U.S. military veterans, a pool of often overlooked technical talent, to fill open positions. "There are a lot of skills veterans learn in the military that are transferable to automotive technician careers," says Michael Morgan, manager of technical and body training programs for Jaguar Land Rover North America.Launched in 2016, the Jaguar Land Rover Veteran Careers Program has placed more than 280 veterans from all military branches at the luxury automaker's 205 U.S. retail outlets. JLR has worked with the defense consulting firm Calibre Systems Inc., of Alexandria, Va., to create and operate the program. … [Read more...] about Vets make good service techs for Jaguar
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