Moray Callum, who has been head of Ford’s design department since 2014, will leave the automaker on May 1, 2021.
The elder brother of Ian Callum – the head of design for Jaguar from 1999 to 2019 – Moray Callum has degrees from Napier University in Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Art in London.
His career began in 1982 with stints at Chrysler UK, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and then design firm Ghia before joining Ford in 1995.
Ford took a controlling stake in Mazda in the late 1990s after the Japanese automaker overextended itself by launching too many brands and models in its home market.
The Blue Oval dispatched Henry Wallace to be the first foreigner to run a Japanese car firm. In 2001 Moray Callum was installed as the brand’s head of design with a mission to revitalise its styling. His credits there include the 2005 MX-5 and 2007 CX-7.
He returned to Ford in 2006 to head up the company’s American design team, and then took charge of the entire department in 2014.
During his time at Ford, Callum helped to shape the 2015 Mustang, 2016 GT, and 2021 F-150, as well as the Mustang Mach-E, Bronco Sport and Bronco.
Callum will be replaced by Anthony Lo, who was most recently the head of exterior design at Renault. Lo will join Ford on April 1, giving the two men a month to handle the transition.
Hong Kong-born Lo is, like Callum, a graduate of the Royal College of Art. His first job in the automotive industry was in 1987 at Lotus and helped to design the Lotus Carlton.
In 1990 he joined Audi, and worked on the Avus concept and the original A4. He moved to Mercedes-Benz Japan in 1993 where he helped with the F-200 and Maybach concepts, and became head of advanced design at Saab in 2000.
Lo was then promoted to the same role at GM Europe in 2004, responsible for the design projects at Opel, Vauxhall and Saab.
He has been Renault’s head of exterior design since 2010, and has overseen the brand’s “Cycle of Life” design.
According to Lo, he is most proud of the second-generation Renault Captur and the Dacia Duster, which manages to deliver on its “low-cost objective without compromising attractiveness”