Designworks USA, BMW Group's design group, on Tuesday named Verena Kloos as president. Her appointment is effective Sept. 1.
Kloos will report to Chris Bangle, director of BMW Group Design. She replaces Adrian van Hooydonk, who will move to Munich in September to head the BMW automobile brand studio.
Kloos joins BMW from DaimlerChrysler, where she had been head of the automaker's advanced design studio in Como, Italy, since March 2000. In that role, she was responsible for the design of advanced interior concepts for future Mercedes-Benz cars.
She also worked as design director for Volkswagen in Simi Valley, Calif., from 1991 to 1994.