At the helm of Mini’s design department since 2010, Warming is widely regarded as having developed Mini into a more premium, luxury brand.
It is not yet known where Warming is heading after his six-year tenure at Mini, but it’s not the first time Warming has left the BMW group; he undertook a two-year stint at Volkswagen from 2003 after leaving BMW’s California design facility. Warming was appointed head of Mini design after his predecessor, Gert Hildebrand, stepped down at the end of 2010.
During his time at BMW, Warming worked with Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk, helping to design the second-generation BMW X3, Z4 5 Series and 6 Series, before taking the helm of Mini’s design team.
Mini confirmed to Autocar that Warming has left the BMW Group, but couldn't give any further details, like possible replacements, when Warming's resignation comes into effect, or where Warming will be going.
News of Warming’s departure was first detailed on motoring news website GTSpirit.