Gert Volker Hildebrand hands over the running of the MINI Design team to Anders Warming

News | December 1st, 2010 by 5

Anders Warming, Head of Exterior Design at BMW, takes on a new challenge at the end of this year. Warming will be replacing Gert Volker …

Anders Warming, Head of Exterior Design at BMW, takes on a new challenge at the end of this year. Warming will be replacing Gert Volker Hildebrand as the head of MINI Design. To learn more about Anders Warming and his design philosophy, feel free to read our exclusive interview from the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Press Release: After 10 successful years at MINI Design, Gert Volker Hildebrand is handing over the running of the MINI Design studio to Anders Warming at the end of 2010. Gert Hildebrand will be leaving the company on 31.12.2010.

Gert Volker Hildebrand (57) has been responsible for the complete design development of the MINI brand since January 2001 and, with his design team, has shaped the development of the MINI brand portfolio.

P90069647Over the last 10 years, the head of the MINI Design studio has provided the impetus for countless MINI vehicle concepts and for the entire design development. Alongside the further development of the third generation of the classic MINI, the MINI Cabrio and MINI Clubman were also created under his leadership. This year, Gert Hildebrand and his team added a real 4-door version to the MINI brand: the MINI Countryman, launched in September.

The MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster concepts presented in 2009, which will be appearing on the market in 2011 and 2012, were also created in the MINI Design studio under his guidance. Apart from designing cars, Gert Volker Hildebrand has also devoted himself to encouraging young designers and to talking about design in institutions and to the public.


Anders Warming, head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles, started working for DesignworksUSA in California in 1997. Following this, the 38-year-old Dane was employed in various positions as an automobile designer before coming to Munich in 2005 as Team Leader, Advanced Design, BMW Group. In 2007, he took over as head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles. Under his leadership, the BMW Z4, BMW 5 Series and the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé, presented at the Paris Auto Show, were created.

“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”, says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “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 a ever more successful future.”

  • Wingroad

    Did he walk or was he pushed after producing that abomination known as the Countryman

  • bob

    Was this discussed in the last BMWBlog interview with AW? Were the circumstances in which this development would occur discussed? What is it about AW, personally, that put him in this position?

    That’s why the interview was a missed opportunity…

    • Horatiu B.

      Anders would have never told us in advance if he’s moving or not. As much as we’re fairly on personal terms with him, he won’t divulge that secret.

      But don’t worry, I emailed him today and I will meet him in Detroit, so I’ll have time to grill him…looking forward to walking around the show wit him and tell us more about the competitors’ designs, fascinating stuff.

  • X5SoB

    Wow, today I took the X5 in for servicing, and was given a MINI Cooper S Crossman as a loaner. What a fantastic sports car! Stomp on the gas, and this car struggles to maintain adhesion and quash torque steer, while rocketing down the the road and leaving everybody else in your dust. In the twisties this car’s longer wheelbase seems to quell any skittishness, while making it corner on rails. The main problem was other cars getting in my way. The wife didn’t like it because it was too low to the ground. I still want one. BMW should have no trouble making exciting front wheel drive cars.

  • JD

    So who will become the new head of BMW exterior design?