Karim Habib, who created the exterior shape of the current BMW 7 series, has been named head of design for BMW’s automobiles division. He replaces Adrian van Hooydonk, who had been doing the job in addition to his responsibilities as BMW’s group design chief.
Habib, 42, a Lebanon-born Canadian, has worked for BMW for most of his career, apart from a 2008-10 spell at Mercedes-Benz. He moves to his new role from head of exterior design at BMW.
Habib reports to Dutch-born van Hooydonk, 48, who became senior vice president for BMW Group design in 2009.