BMW Brand Names Karim Habib as New Head of Design

The man credited with styling the exteriors the current generation of the 7-Series and the 2007 Concept CS sports sedan, Karim Habib, will take over as Head of BMW Design on June 1, 2012, the German premium carmaker announced today.

Since March of 2011, the 42-year-old Lebanon-born Canadian has been in charge of Exterior Design BMW Automobiles.

The German automaker said that Habib would now take overall charge of the design of BMW cars. In his new position, he will report to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

“Karim Habib is an outstanding designer who has had a significant impact on the design of the BMW brand over many years,” said Hooydonk. “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,” he added.

Habib joined the BMW Group in 1998 where he remained for the next 10 years working on a number of concept and production vehicles before moving to Stuttgart and the Bavarian company’s archrival Mercedes-Benz for close to two years, only to return to Munich in December of 2010.

“I feel very honoured and I look forward to this new challenge,” commented Habib. “Now I have the opportunity of working together with a great team to shape the future face of the BMW brand.”

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