Kevin Rice had been appointed Mazda Europe Design Director in 2014, succeeding Peter Birtwhistle. He had already worked at Mazda from 1995 to 2000 as Senior Designer.
Jeff Guyton, President of Mazda Motor Europe said: “As part of the global Mazda design group, Kevin has led a team in Europe who have made significant contributions to the success of our business both in Europe and globally. We will miss his energy and passion and wish him every success in the next stage of his career.”
Mazda will make an announcement about a successor to Kevin at the earliest opportunity.