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New faces to lead the BMW Group Design


How will the new team steer the future of BMW design?

The BMW Group Design has undergone personnel changes since August 1, 2013. This is headed by Adrian van Hooydonk, who is responsible for design at BMW, BMW I, BMW Motorrad, MINI, and Rolls-Royce.

Under Hooydonk’s term, the latest changes in the team include:


Domagoj Dukec, new head of Exterior Design

Dukec, 38, was born in Frankfurt, and has worked with the Exterior Design team since 2010. He was responsible for the design of the Concept Active Tourer.

Oliver Heilmer, new head of Interior Design

Heilmer, 39, comes from Munich, and has worked with the Interior Design team since 2000. He was responsible for the design of the BMW 5 Series, among other assignments. He will be replacing Marc Girard, who will assume management of Automobile Design at BMW Group subsidiary Designworks USA.

Martina Starke, new head of Color and Material Design

Starke, 42, is a qualified textile designer who joined the BMW Group in 2001. Her responsibilities covered Color and Material Design for the larger series cars and BMW Individual.

Likewise, MINI Design undergoes a change too. Christopher Weil will take over as head of Exterior Design replacing Marcus Syring. Weil has worked as a designer for the BMW Group since 2000 before moving to his new post while Syring will be joining Rolls-Royce.

“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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