From the official Press Release:
Ian Cameron, who retires from the role he has held since 1999, commented: “I feel very privileged to have led the design team for the renaissance of this most prestigious company and I am delighted to continue my relationship with Rolls-Royce in my new role as Brand Ambassador.”
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, said, “On behalf of BMW Group Design, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for Ian’s years of leadership and contribution to the Rolls-Royce brand. His deep understanding of Rolls-Royce values and history has proven invaluable.
“Giles Taylor brings with him exceptional design skills and a comprehensive understanding of British values and heritage that are so crucial to Rolls-Royce; I have no doubt that he will successfully continue to develop the outstanding design ethos so successfully created by Ian Cameron and his team.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said “I would like to thank Ian Cameron for his contribution to the resurgence of the Rolls-Royce marque. His legendary design capabilities combined with his passion for the company’s distinguished heritage have made him an integral part of the success of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since the brand was acquired by the BMW Group. As his successor, Giles Taylor has a deep knowledge of emotive brands in the luxury segment and a proven track record, and is the perfect choice to lead the Rolls-Royce design team to future success.”
After his design studies in the United Kingdom, Taylor initially gathered experience in several international design roles. The 44 year-old Briton spent 10 years as an executive designer in the British car industry, acting as head of design for two model series at Jaguar.
He joined the Rolls-Royce design team in April 2011 as Head of Exterior Design.
Born in 1950 and of British nationality, Ian Cameron spent his childhood between British Guiana (South America) and America and attending boarding school in England.
Since 1964 his family home has been in London.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art (Automotive Design), he also studied Industrial Design (four years) in London and Behavioural Science (one year) at Aston University. His full qualifications are: M. Des. R.C.A., L.C.A.D., M.S.I.A.
His first appointment after College was Designer, Ogle Design in Letchworth; from where he moved swiftly on to Pininfarina in Turin, spending six years with that company. In 1981 he became Chief Designer, Iveco-Fiat, working both in Turin and Ulm (Germany).
Since 1992 he has worked for BMW, firstly as an Exterior Design Studio Manager, BMW (Munich) where he was responsible as Project Leader for the E46 (“3” series), E52 (“Z8”) and the L30 (“Range Rover”), working both at Gaydon in Warwickshire and Munich.
In 1999 he was appointed Rolls‑Royce Chief Designer, resulting in the launch of Phantom in 2003 and all subsequent Phantom and Ghost family models.
Whilst Ian retires from his design role he will remain within the BMW Group until the onset of his retirement age in April 2013, dedicating his time to Rolls-Royce global heritage matters as Brand Ambassador within BMW Group Classic led by Karl Baumer.