MUNICH -- Mini has named Anders Warming to succeed Gert Hildebrand as head of design by the end of the month.
Hildebrand will leave the BMW AG subsidiary on Dec. 31, ending a 10-year run that saw him create a new look and feel for the Mini brand following its relaunch under BMW, the company said in a statement without providing details on the designer's future plans.
Warming is currently BMW's head of exterior design, a job he has held since 2007. In this role he has styled the exteriors of the current Z4 roadster and 5-series mid-sized range as well as the Concept 6 Series Coupe that debuted at the Paris auto show in September. The 38-year-old native of Denmark started his BMW career at the company's DesignworksUSA studio in California in 1997. He relocated to BMW headquarters in Munich in 2005 to become team leader for advanced design. While in that job he was recognized by Automotive News Europe as one of Europe's future design stars.