Infiniti Names New Design Chief as Karim Habib Leaves
Taisuke Nakamura has been announced as Infiniti’s new design chief, effective from the start of next month.
Nakamura, who will be reporting to Alfonso Albaisa, the global design chief for parent company Nissan, has served as program design director of Infiniti and contributed to the brand’s vehicle design since 2018.
Karim Habib, meanwhile, is leaving the company “to pursue other opportunities”. The ex-BMW design boss joined the Japanese brand just two years ago.
“As a key member of our global design organisation Karim was a key collaborator and leader helping Nissan Motors shape the electrification of Infiniti. In addition to his work on Infiniti he was a key member of Global Design’s Management Committee as we incorporated new technologies, new processes and new directions for Nissan and Infiniti,” said Albaisa.
Nakamura (pictured above standing to the left of Habib) is currently responsible for global design strategy, and concept car and production vehicle design.
He joined Nissan back in 1993 after graduating from Kyoto City University of Arts with a B.A. in Product Design. He has since worked on numerous Nissan and Infiniti cars, as well as serving as a design manager at Nissan Design Europe in London.
Left to right: Karim Habib, Alfonso Albaisa and Taisuke Nakamura.