Starke was born in Subotica, former Yugoslavia and brought up in the Netherlands. He holds a degree in Automotive Design from the University of Applied Science, Pforzheim, Germany. He speaks several languages including English, German and Dutch.

Speaking from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood in West Sussex, Director of Design Giles Taylor said, “We are delighted to welcome Daniel to the Rolls-Royce family. His considerable design experience, proven track record and contemporary thinking are an ideal match for the world’s leading luxury company. He will be a very valuable addition to the Rolls‑Royce design team.”

Alan Sheppard, Current Head of Interior Design, moves to a new role with Rolls-Royce as Head of Colour, Materials and Accessories Design, leading the expanding colour, trim and accessories team.

Starke and Sheppard assume their new roles with immediate effect.