December 07, 2012

BMW Group appoints new Sales and Marketing Executives

The BMW Group will appoint new managers to head its Germany and China sales regions early next year.

Roland Kruger (47) will head the Germany sales region, effective March 1, 2013, after a transition period in February. Kruger, who holds degrees in design and
business administration, joined the BMW Group in 1998, and has since occupied various specialist and management positions in Germany and Asia. Most recently, Kruger was head of the BMW Group's Japanese sales company for four years.

Karsten Engel (54), who has been Senior Vice-President BMW Group Germany since 2009, will transfer to Beijing in January of next year. He will take over as head of the China region on March 1, 2013 after a brief transition period. His responsibilities will also include the coordination of the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint-venture. Engel joined BMW AG as a controller in 1985, after earning a degree in business administration. During his career at the BMW Group, Engel has also served as head of the company's motorsports activities and head of the BMW branch in Munich. He acquired in-depth sales experience in Asia in particular during his time as head of BMW Korea (1998-2000) and BMW Thailand (2000-2002).

Dr. Christoph Stark (58) will retire from BMW AG effective February 28, 2013 after almost nine years as head of the China Region. Under his responsibility, sales in Mainland China climbed from around 16,000 vehicles in 2004 to more than 232,000 in 2011. By the end of November 2012, deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers had already risen by 37.6 per cent to nearly 296,000 units compared to the corresponding period last year.


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