Habib, 40, spent ten years working for BMW, rising up through the ranks to work alongside the controversial but influential Chris Bangle. But he left BMW last year to work for arch rival Mercedes-Benz, a period which BMW simply calls "an absence of two years." Now that Munich's exterior design chief Anders Warming is leaving to take up the head design role at the Mini division, BMW has lured Habib back to Bavaria to take up the position.
We'll be watching to see Karim's hand in future BMW designs in the near future, but in the meantime, you can read the official announcement after the jump.
Return to BMW Design.
Munich. On 1 March 2011, Karim Habib will take on the post of Head of Exterior Design BMW Automobiles, replacing Anders Warming. The 40-year-old designer already spent the first 10 years of his career working for the BMW Group, during which time he was responsible for the current BMW 7 Series range and the BMW Concept CS. Habib now returns to the Group following an absence of two years.
On completing his studies in California, Karim Habib held various posts in interior and exterior design before being appointed Team Leader, Advanced Design for the BMW Group. Following two intervening career years, he now returns to head the Exterior Design BMW Automobiles department.
"I'm really delighted about coming back to the BMW brand and being given the opportunity to help shape the future of BMW as part of an outstanding team," says Habib.
"Karim Habib is an excellent designer who has already made a major contribution to the BMW design with the current BMW 7 Series. I look forward to resuming our collaboration," comments Adrian van Hooydonk, Director of BMW Group Design.