BMW Group has made some changes to its design team since August 1, and has shuffled top personnel to different positions at BMW Design, Mini Design and Rolls-Royce.

The BMW Design team led by Karim Habib (middle, right) gains a new head of Exterior Design in Domagoj Dukec (right), who has worked for the exterior design team since 2010 and shaped the Concept Active Tourer.

Oliver Heilmer (left), who has worked for BMW's interior design unit since 2000 and designed the 5 Series interior, replaces Marc Girard as head of Interior Design BMW Automobiles. Marc Girard goes to manage BMW's subsidiary design group, BMW DesignworksUSA.

Martina Starke (middle, left), a textile designer who joined BMW in 2001 and was responsible for color and material design in BMW's larger cars and BMW Individual, is now head of Colour and Material Design.

Mini gets a new head of Exterior Design in Christopher Weil, who most recently worked at BMW DesignworksUSA and replaces Marcus Syring. Syring has since gone to Rolls-Royce.

For BMW's full statement, take a look at the press release below.
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Personnel changes at BMW Group Design.

Munich. Since 1 August 2013 there have been a number of personnel changes within the BMW Group Design team. Adrian van Hooydonk is in overall charge of BMW Group Design, which embraces all the Group's brands, and is thus responsible for design at BMW, BMW i, BMW Motorrad and MINI, as well as Rolls-Royce. The various design studios, Advanced Design, design research, design strategy and DesignworksUSA all fall within his remit.

BMW Design
In the BMW Design Team led by Karim Habib, Domagoj Dukec has taken over as head of Exterior Design, Oliver Heilmer as head of Interior Design and Martina Starke as head of Colour and Material Design.

Domagoj Dukec, 38, the new head of Exterior Design, was born in Frankfurt and has worked in the Exterior Design BMW Automobiles team since 2010. He was responsible for designing the Concept Active Tourer.

Oliver Heilmer, 39, replaces Marc Girard as head of Interior Design. The Munich native has been part of the Interior Design BMW Automobiles team since 2000 and was responsible for the design of the BMW 5 Series, among other assignments. Marc Girard, 43, will assume management of Automobile Design at DesignworksUSA, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the BMW Group.

Martina Starke, 42, is head of Colour and Material Design. The qualified textile designer joined the BMW Group in 2001 and her responsibilities have included Colour and Material Design for the larger series cars as well as for BMW Individual.

MINI Design
The MINI Design team led by Anders Warming welcomes Christopher Weil, 38, as its new head of Exterior Design. A Bavarian by birth, he has worked as a designer for the BMW Group since 2000, most recently for Automotive Design at BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Marcus Syring, 49, leaves his post as head of Exterior Design to join Rolls-Royce. Oliver Sieghart remains responsible for Interior Design and Annette Baumeister for Colour and Material Design.

"As head of BMW Group Design I'm very proud of the wealth of talent in my team. I am convinced that through this restructuring we have given a significant boost to design in the individual brand studios and will continue to shape the future of BMW Group Design with success," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.


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      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was time for a change and I hope they work on the interiors a little more too. Let's face it, BMW is a great company and they just need to find their way back from a design standpoint. I support them in their efforts to reduce the engine size without losing much in the way of performance and hope they find a way to step up their designs a bit.
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the 4th photo; he must have the same fairy power Sookie has on True Blood.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      hopefully this sorts out the misses out of the hits and misses lately.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah, now I see who is responsible for all the horrible BMW's coming out lately!! Fire that guy now!!
      GFB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad Joji Nagashima is not a corporate climber. He is simply their best designer, creator of the groundbreaking E36 3-series, the classic E39 5-series and the lovely F90 3-series. What has Dukec done. One concept and he's head of Exterior Design?
        rezore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GFB
        While at Citroen he did the C5 sedan and station wagon among other production cars. He also handled a lot of other design responsibilities while at the french company.
          D E S I G N
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rezore
          that explains everything
          GFB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rezore
          OK. I'll spot him that. Still, Nagashima is an artist and Dukec is a corporate climber like Bangle who, to my knowledge, hardly put his stamp on any of the designs of the Bangle era. "Bangle Butt" is much easier to say than "van Hooydonk Butt." Actually, the Concept Active Tourer looks nice but it's still a FWD truck. In my opinion, the F30 3-series may be a wonderful car dynamically but it looks awkward next to the E90. The E60 5-series vs. the classic E39 is no contest. I'm patiently waiting for the next sedan/coupe lead-designed by Nagashima.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note to the interiors people: Can you possibly make your seats feel like they weren't cast out of concrete and had chicken leather stretched over them? BWM interiors are pretty awful, and Mini's are even worse.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      The man who penned the 2014 X5 should be immediately sent on a boating trip somewhere very very close to the coast of Somalia.
        chrismcfreely
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        It looks fine, you have some sort of mental condition.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
          It looks like a CR-V, taillights are way out of proportion and the fake vent on the front door is incredibly cheesy for a $60k product. And yes I do have a mental condition, but that doesn't negate my statement as a false one.
          Hek!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
          The new X5 looks fine? If you say so. To me the entire front end is far too busy compared to the rest of it. The foglights are also located in a very unnatural, unpractical and unappealing place. In their rightful place there are some weird metal fins that really don't belong.
      eljay001
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand how van Hooydonk goes from penning the "Bangle Butt" to letting these teams put out such safe blandness a decade later. Leave that boring crap for Audi and Mercedes.
        D E S I G N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eljay001
        Audi is subtle in it's design changes, which is how it should be. A good design is not overbearing and intrusive, much like the so called hideous bungle butt of the hog looking grotesque 7 series, absolutely disgusting compared to the beautiful and elegant it replaced. Mercedes is also going in the way of the hyundai these days, with it's ugly alien look alike front end and oversized bug eyed headlights. So far Audi is the only company that has stayed true to it's form and hasn't let the market dictate it's design philosophy, and it's working beautifully with every model they're making. BMW has lost it's way with all these wacky and weird designs, so much so that they can't decide on which way to go, which is why every couple years now they have to re invent their line ups because the previous ones just dont have any staying power like they used to when they would change designs every 7 years or so. All this new blood in the company is ruining the brand's heritage. Get back to the drawing board people!
          sjmoo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @D E S I G N
          I disagree, in automotive design it is important to take risks. Sometimes they pay off, sometimes they don't, but they get people talking. BMW's problem right now is that they essentially tried to recreate their designs from the '90's with a modern flair. They aren't ugly (generally), but they already look dated and don't have enough uniqueness to stand on their own. The Bangle-era cars for better or worse still look unique even to this day. I think Audi is in a similar boat. When they rolled out their latest design language (on the D3 A8) it was refreshing. It combined the classic lines of MB's offerings at the time with the stance and purpose of a Bimmer. They have been fine-tuning that basic design language ever since, but it has run its course. Audi's current crop of vehicles are not aging very well. Somehow the D3 A8 still looks much fresher than the D4, for example. The D3 was a risk, the D4 was playing it safe. This is where I give Mercedes credit. I certainly don't like all of their current designs, but they are taking risks and people are talking about them for the first time in years. Luxury brands need public attention, and right now MB is the one getting it.
          leo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @D E S I G N
          Mercedes is going hyundai... wow Hyundai fans have their head up Hyundai's a#s they can't even smell their sh.t no more... the fluidic design was initiated by Infiniti...all Hyundai did is copy it and also copy the CLS to make their sonata and all of a sudden u think Hyundai is leading..... let's see genesis sedan is nothing more than a 12/10s G35 with MB front end copied by Chinese... the coupe is a G35 coupe with tweaked sheetmetal that looks like crap....I could go on, but I'm not sure you will get it
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad all these people still have jobs at BMW. Any other automaker would have fired them long time ago for awful cheap interiors.
      mark and connie
      • 1 Year Ago
      These people must have worn an entirely different style of clothes during their interview process to get a job at BMW. Blandness is as blandness does. Run BMW Run!
      sparrk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not fire the whole bunch and get some good designers instead ?
      Wetstuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      The former head of MINI design was the head of styling for Pep Boys in the 80's. Jim
        dohc73
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wetstuff
        Only someone who shops and knows what a Pep Boys looks like would think that. Busy buying cheap no-name tires and aftermarket parts for their souped-up 80's Civics.
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