It seems that New Year’s honours aren’t only in the remit of the British Royal Family. At the end of this year, the running of the MINI design team is to be handed over to Anders Warming, the Head of Exterior Design at BMW Automobiles.
Anders will take over from his illustrious predecessor, Gert Volker Hildebrand. 57-year-old Gert was responsible for the design and development of the MINI brand since January 2001; he and his team shaped the development of the MINI brand portfolio. Over the last decade, Gert provided the impetus behind countless MINI concepts. As well as masterminding the third generation of the MINI, he saw the Cabrio and Clubman created under his auspices. This year, Gert and his team added the 4-door MINI Countryman to the range. Gert will leave BMW on the 31st December 2010.
The man taking over the reins is well fitted to his new task. Anders Warming began working for Designworks USA in California in 1997. 38-year-old Dane Anders worked in a variety of positions as automobile designer before going to Munich as Team Leader of Advanced Design at BMW in 2005. He took over as Head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles in 2007. The Z4, 5 Series and BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe sprang from his pen.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design, says, “I would like to wish Gert Hildebrand all the best for the future and thank him for working with us so well and so successfully.” He adds, “Anders Warming has the expertise, the necessary experience and the intuition to take the MINI brand, with the support of the entire MINI Design Team, into an ever more successful future.”