One of the key men behind the design of the new XJ and stunning XK at Jaguar will soon be designing Rolls-Royces for a living. Giles Taylor, a former Jaguar designer, has now been hired by Rolls-Royce as its chief of exterior design.

Taylor has an industrial design background, with his talents honed mostly in the UK though he’s notched up several international design roles under his belt. One of his key talents is his comprehensive understanding of British values and heritage, which are deemed crucial for the new role, according to the automaker.

Taylor will start his new position at the beginning of April. He will report to Rolls-Royce chief designer Ian Cameron and the head of design for BMW Group Adrian van Hooydonk.

The next couple of years will be relatively busy at Rolls-Royce as the company prepares new coupe and convertible versions of the top-selling Ghost sedan as well as the eventual successor to the Phantom.