Rolls-Royce announced today that Giles Taylor, its design chief since 2012, has left the company “to pursue alternative business interests.” His departure comes less than a month after the launch of the Cullinan, the first SUV from Rolls-Royce, and less than a year after the arrival of the new Phantom. Taylor’s successor will be announced shortly, Rolls-Royce said in a brief statement.
Taylor oversaw the design of the Phantom and Cullinen, two of the most important Rolls-Royce products out there today, as well as the Dawn convertible. He joined Rolls-Royce as lead exterior designer in 2011, so he played a role in the design of the Wraith coupe as well. It’s not overstating things to say that the look of today’s Rolls-Royce vehicles is Taylor’s handiwork.
Departing so shortly after the Cullinan was launched is a little odd. Taylor played a big role as as a spokesperson for Rolls-Royce and its design, and if he had stayed with the company, he’d likely be central in promoting this new SUV. We are curious to see what’s next for Taylor, and for the Rolls-Royce design department.