A charge of guard has taken place at McLaren Automotive, with Rob Melville stepping up to the role of design director, succeeding Frank Stephenson who is rumoured to return to MINI where he served as chief designer until 2002. Prior to his promotion, Melville was responsible for the lines of McLaren’s Sports Series range of models (570S, 570GT, 540C), as well as the P1, 650S, and 675LT.

“I am thrilled to be given the title of Design Director for McLaren Automotive. I remember when I got the call to come and join McLaren back in 2009 and the joy I felt then is the same today. We have developed a fantastic design team and have integrated a design philosophy that I feel passionately about,” said Melville in a statement.

“I have always believed that great design tells a great story and that is what we do here at McLaren. I’m incredibly proud,” he added. Most recently, Melville led the design for the McLaren 720S, the first of the second-generation Super Series range of cars.

Prior to his appointment with McLaren, Melville started at Jaguar Land Rover, where he was responsible for the sketches and clay mock-ups for the LRX Concept Vehicle which would go on to become the Range Rover Evoque. He later joined General Motors as senior designer within its UK Advanced Design Group, and was responsible for developing Cadillac design principles, including the Cadillac Converj concept.

GALLERY: McLaren 720S