Karim Habib has lived on three continents and worked for BMW and Mercedes-Benz in Germany. Now he’s based in Japan as Infiniti’s global design chief. He officially became Infiniti’s chief designer on Canada Day 2017.
Habib, 48, was born in Lebanon, but spent his formative years — 13 of them — in Canada. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at McGill University in Montreal before leaving to study at the Art Center College of Design’s campuses in California and Switzerland.
He’s happy, inspired and poised to make a splash at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit. Habib said the Infiniti vehicle to be unveiled there “is the best thing I’ve ever been part of.”
The vehicle is part of Infiniti’s strategy to have a fully electrified lineup. He said that strategy to redefine the brand is the reason he took the job.