Chris Bangle, the oft-maligned head of BMW design, will give up direct supervision of the brand's styling operations.
Bangle will take over as Director of BMW Group Design as part of a reshuffling of the design department. He will oversee a reorganized set of styling departments including Mini and Rolls-Royce.
Adrian van Hooydonk will head the BMW automobile brand studio. Van Hooydonk had been president of DesignworksUSA, the Californian design studio of the BMW Group.
Individual studios have been set up for BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce as well as for BMW Motorrad and BMW M. The new studios will be involved in new model development from the first sketches to production.
The heads of departments responsible up to now for the design of Mini, Rolls-Royce MC, BMW Motorrad and BMW M will head the respective brand design studios: Gert Volker Hildebrand (Mini), Ian Cameron (Rolls-Royce MC), David Robb (BMW Motorrad) and Ulf Weidhase (BMW M and Individual).
Here is an overview of the heads of the brand design studios of the BMW Group:
Adrian van Hooydonk, 40, has been a designer at BMW since 1992 and president of DesignworksUSA, the Californian design studio of the BMW Group, since 2001. The Dutch designer developed the exterior design of the current BMW 6 Series and 7 Series among other projects.
David Robb, 48, came to BMW as an exterior designer for automobiles and later headed the exterior design studio. In 1993 he took over as head of BMW Motorrad design.
BMW M and Individual
Ulf Weidhase, 51, came to BMW in 1988 and has headed the design team for BMW M Automobiles and BMW Individual.
Gert Volker Hildebrand, 50, has headed the Mini design team since 2000. Before thi appointment he headed design teams at Volkswagen, Seat and Mitsubishi.
Ian Cameron, 53, came to BMW in 1992 as an exterior designer and among other things was project manager for the design of the 3 Series and the current Range Rover. In 1999 he was appointed the head of the newly-created design team of Rolls-Royce Motorcars.