BMW has promoted its current chief of exterior design, Karim Habib, to the new role of head of design for the BMW brand. Habib who is a Lebanon-born Canadian will take overall charge of the design of BMW cars and he will report to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW group design.
Habib, who is 42 years old, studied in Canada and California before having different posts in interior and exterior design before becoming team leader of advanced design for BMW Group and since March of 2011 has been in charge of the BMW Exterior Design department. He joined BMW in 1998 and worked for 10 years before moving to Stuttgart and working for 2 years at rival German automaker Mercedes-Benz before returning to BMW. With his new post, the engineering and designer will take charge of the overall design of BMW cars.
“I feel very honored and I look forward to this new challenge. Now I have the opportunity of working together with a great team to shape the future face of the BMW brand,” says Karim Habib. Amongst his many achievements and designs include the breathtaking 2007 Concept CS sports sedan, created while he worked under the guidance of BMW group design boss Chris Bangle. His ideas are also responsible for the way the current BMW 7 series’ striking design was shaped and also the exteriors of the new 3-series.
According to Adrian van Hooydonk, “Karim Habib is an outstanding designer who has had a significant impact on the design of the BMW brand over many years. His longstanding experience and subtle instinct for timely elegance and dynamics are the ideal prerequisites for this demanding task. I look forward very much to his support and collaboration”. On that same token, we also want to wish well for BMW and Karim on his new job as Head Designer, may many new and exciting designs come in BMW’s future.