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Karim Habib is Kia’s New Head of Design

We’ve don’t always report on top-level changes at various auto manufacturers, this being a period of particularly active musical chairs in the industry.

But here we have a bit of news that’s particularly noteworthy. Today, Kia Motors announced the appointment of former Montreal Karim Habib as new head of design at the Korean automaker. The designer’s official title is Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center, and he will report to Luc Donckerwolke, head of design at the Hyundai Group.

And who is Karim Habib?

Of Lebanese origin, Karim Habib lived in Montreal from the age of 11 until he was 24. By his own admission, those years were formative for the young man. After studying mechanical engineering at McGill University, he left for the ArtCenter College of Design in Switzerland, before finishing his training in automotive design at the ArtCenter’s campus in Pasadena, California.

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