Ford has announced Moray Callum will retire from his post as the automaker’s global vice-president of design, with Renault’s Anthony Lo set to replace him.

Described as “one of the auto industry’s most influential design leaders”, Callum – the younger brother of former Jaguar designer head Ian – has spent more than half of his 38-year career with the Blue Oval brand.

Callum’s retirement will take effect from 1 May 2021, with Lo scheduled to start at Ford on 1 April 2021. Lo, who most recently was vice-president for exterior design at Groupe Renault, will report to Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform and operations officer.

Callum and his team helped create and introduce the 2021 F-150, Mustang Mach-E and latest Bronco and Bronco Sport. The 1999 Super Duty truck, 2011 Explorer, 2005 Mazda MX-5, 2007 Mazda CX-7, 2015 Mustang and F-150, and 2016 GT are other notable designs the Scot steered across his career.

“Moray’s influence is seen on streets around the globe. He brought and sustained a design vision and leadership to 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,” said Thai-Tang.

“Our industry is evolving more rapidly than ever, and Ford will win the trust of customers by staying on the leading edge of that curve. Anthony is a world-class design leader with an exemplary global track record. We’re excited to have him lead our design organisation as we accelerate the creation of connected, intelligent and increasingly electrified products,” Thai-Tang added.

Lo was born in Hong Kong and took a position with Lotus Cars in 1987. At Renault for the past ten years, the designs of which he is most proud are the second-generation Captur and the latest Duster. He has also worked for Saab, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.