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Updated Jan 27, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Ford’s Moray Callum is retiring after 38 years of creating iconic cars.

Ford and Lincoln Global Vice President for Design Moray Callum are retiring after 38 years in product development. Callum will be replaced by Anthony Lo, which is the Vice President for Exterior Design in the Groupe Renault.

According to Ford, Callum’s retirement is effective on May 1, 2021, while Lo will start on the 1st of April. Lo will report to Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Platform and Operations Officer.

Moray Callum portrait shot

Moray Callum

Born in Dumfries, Scotland on November 19, 1958, Callum initially wanted to be a veterinarian but shifted gears and graduated with a master’s degree in transportation design at the Royal College Art in London.

Callum started his association with Ford in the 1980s by working for Ghia Spa as a consultant designer. He worked on concept cars such as Ford Ghia Via and the Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale. Due to his natural talent in designing vehicles ahead of its time, Chrysler and PSA Peugeot Citroen also availed his service.

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From 1995 up to 2001, Callum was appointed to lead the design team of Mazda Japan to modernize its current range. His successful contribution includes the 2005 Mazda MX-5, and the 2007 Mazda CX-7.

2015 Ford Mustang front quarter shot

2015 Ford Mustang

After his successful stint at Mazda Japan, Calum was back at Ford as the Executive Director for Design 2006. Together with this team, they introduced the 2011 Explorer.  In 2014, he became the Vice President for Design and released the 2015 Ford Mustang and the 2016 Ford GT.

At present, Calum and his team conceptualized the highly-anticipated 2021 Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E, and the modernly-revamped Bronco and Bronco Sport.

Ford’s Chief Product Platform and Operations Officer Hau Thai-Tang commended Calum’s great contribution to the modernization of the American car brand.

“Moray’s influence is seen on streets around the globe. He bought and sustained a design vision and leadership studios - including Ghia in Italy and Mazda in Japan, in addition to Ford and Lincoln - that has elevated the beauty, meaning, and Function of cars, trucks, and SUVs for millions of customers.” Hau Thai-Tang said.

Anthony Lo portrait shot

Anthony Lo

Calum’s soon-to-be replacement Anthony Lo is another influential automotive designer who has worked with General Motors, Opel, Vauxhall, Audi, Mercedes-Benz. He is known for his “Cycle of Life” design strategy.

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