habibThe man who was responsible for the design of the current F01 BMW 7 Series as well as the Concept CS from 2007, Karim Antoine Habib, has returned to BMW from Daimler, and will take up the position as Head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles from March 2011.

Habib replaces Anders Warming, who has been named as the new design chief at Mini. Habib had previously spent 10 years of his career working for BMW, holding various posts in interior and exterior design, and was the chief designer in Advanced Design when he left for Daimler in 2009.

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The Lebanese-born designer’s return to the fold brings him back to working alongside BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk, who is looking forward to resuming the collaboration. Perhaps the design language at Mercedes wasn’t exactly Habib’s cup of tea?

Speaking of BMW design, the F10 5-Series won the latest 2011 iF design awards recently. Other cars that won in the 2011 iF awards include the Kia Sportage and the Kia Optima.