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Chief Creative Officer and Design Director, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
The ten years Marek has been Director of Design have been one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions at Aston Martin. These have included the Rapide S, the new Vanquish and Aston Martin’s recent flagship model; the stunning One-77. He was appointed as Chief Creative Officer in 2014. Marek has also been heavily involved with some of the world’s most iconic cars throughout his accomplished career, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX and Navicross Concept Cars and the Range Rover Mk lll.
Marek was born in Sheffield, England, in 1966. He graduated Teesside University with a First Class Honours Degree in Industrial Design and continued his studies in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London. His experience has made him a regular judge at design awards and lecturer at conferences. In 2008, Marek was invited to take up the position of visiting Professor at the RCA, giving new students an insight into modern automotive design and in 2011, Teesside University bestowed Marek with an honorary Doctorate.
After beginning his design career with Rover Cars in 1991, Marek moved to BMW Designworks, California in 1995 to become Senior Designer. Here he led the overhaul of Land Rover design DNA for future models, with the most significant of these becoming 2003’s new Range Rover. Marek joined Ford in 1999 as Chief Designer for the company’s Ford and Lincoln Mercury brands and rose to the position of Director of Design for Product at Ford North America. He joined Aston Martin in 2005 as Director of Design and has strengthened the company’s iconic styling in that 10 year period. This has most recently been delivered in the form of the new V12 Vantage S, Vanquish Volante and Rapide S.
The most recent creations to leave the Aston Martin Design Studio under Marek’s leadership include the DB10 Bond car for Spectre, DBX Concept, Aston Martin Vulcan and Vantage GT12, which were first unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.