Munich, Germany – Christopher Bangle, BMW Group’s Head of Design, has announced that he will be leaving the auto industry to pursue other design-related endeavours outside of automobiles. He will be replaced by Adrian van Hooydonk, who worked closely with Bangle for nearly 17 years and is currently Head of BMW Automobile Design.
Bangle and his design teams were responsible for new generations of the BMW 3, 5 and 7 Series, as well as the Z3, Z5, X5, Z8, X3, and the new 6 Series, X6 and 1 Series. Other developments included the new Mini and Rolls-Royce models, and a number of motorcycle concepts. Bangle was also instrumental in making BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the company’s consultancy subsidiary, into a global design agency in North America, Munich and Singapore for leading international brands and companies in a wide variety of industries.
“Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Group’s brands,” said Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW Board Member for Development. ‘His contribution to the company’s success has been decisive, and together with his teams, he has mapped out a clear and aesthetic route to the future.
Draeger said that the BMW Group is currently in an “excellent position” thanks to a broad portfolio of automobiles and several new concepts due for market launch, and that the board is looking forward to working with van Hooydonk, who shares Bangle’s fascination for technology, aesthetics, tradition and innovation.
Bangle, aged 52 and a native of the U.S., has been Head of BMW Group Design Development since October 1992. After studying in the U.S., he began his career in Rüsselsheim, Germany, working for Adam Opel AG. In 1985 he joined Fiat, and became director of the Fiat Centro Stile in 1992; shortly afterwards, he joined BMW.