The division he will lead is responsible for all Kia models, from conceptualization and modeling to styling and development of color and materials.
"SVP Habib will be an asset for the Kia brand with his international background and global experience," said in a statement Habib's new boss, Kia's design chief Luc Donckerwolke.
"We highly appreciate Karim's talent and experience. He is joining Kia at a crucial moment to project the brand into the future of mobility and to reinforce the young-spirited and motivated design team which has won numerous international design awards."
Habib has made a mark on the auto industry after working for BMW and Infiniti. During his career at the Bavarians, which started in 1998, he was responsible for the creation of cars such as the 7 Series F01, X6, X3, and 6 Series Gran Coupe.
For a brief time, he was employed by rival Mercedes, where he helped create the Mercedes-Benz F800 concept car.
His most recent appointment was with Infiniti. While on the Japanese payroll, he designed some extreme concepts like the Prototype 10 Speedster, Q Inspiration sedan and QX Inspiration SUV.
Infiniti did not say who will replace the man in which the company placed such high hopes for the future.