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Company Portrait

BMW Group profile.

A consistent focus on the premium segment.

The BMW Group is the only automobile and motorcycle manufacturer worldwide to focus all its brands on the premium segment. Learn more about an extraordinary company.

The BMW Group adopts an uncompromising focus on premium.

Strategy.

Throughout its 100-year history, the BMW Group has always reinvented itself. As a pioneer of new technologies, the company has shaped change, within both the industry and the world of mobility. We are setting the standard with our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, both now and in the future. We will lead the BMW Group into a new era, one in which we will transform and shape both individual mobility and the entire sector in a permanent way.

Harald Krüger

Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

The Corporate Strategy of the BMW Group.

Board of Management.

Harald Krüger – Chairman of the Board of Management.

Harald Krüger

Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

*Born in 1965

Nationality: German

  • 1992 joined BMW AG
  • 1993 - 1995 Project engineer for plant assembly at Spartanburg (USA)
  • 1995 - 2003 Various executive management functions at the BMW Group in Munich
  • 2003 - 2006 Director Engine Production at Hams Hall, BMW Group UK
  • 2007 - 2008 Director Technical Integration, Munich
  • 1 December 2008 - 30 June 2012 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG; Human Resources
  • 1 April 2012 - 31 March 2013 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG; MINI, Motorrad, Rolls-Royce, Aftersales BMW Group
  • 1 April 2013 - 13 May 2015 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG; Production
  • since 13 May 2015 Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG
Milagros Caiña Carreiro-Andree – Human Resources

Milagros Caiña Carreiro-Andree

Human Resources

*Born in 1962

Nationality: Spanish

  • 1984 - 2006 Vossloh Aktiengesellschaft, Werdohl (formerly Vossloh-Werke GmbH)
  • 2006 - 2011 Head of Corporate Executives, Executive Staff Development and Support unit of Deutsche Bahn AG/DB Mobility Logistics AG, Berlin
  • 2011 - 2012 Head of HR in the Transport and Logistics division of DB Mobility Logistics AG and Member of the Management Board responsible for Human Resources at Schenker AG (management company for the DB Schenker Logistics business unit), Essen
  • since 1 July 2012 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG; Human Resources and Labour Relations
Klaus Fröhlich – Development

Klaus Fröhlich

Development

*Born in 1960

Nationality: German

  • 1993 - 1995 Head of Basic Development V8 Engines
  • 1995 - 1996 Project Manager Rover Engine Programme
  • 1996 - 1998 Chief Engineer Project Forward 4x4 Land Rover (UK)
  • 1998 - 1999 Head of Development Alternative Combustion Technologies
  • 1999 - 2001 Head of Development Pre-development Petrol Engines
  • 2002 - 2003 Head of Development Direct Fuel Injection Petrol Engines
  • 2003 - 2004 Head of Development Petrol Engines
  • 2005 – 2007 Head of Product Planning (all BMW Group brands)
  • 2007 – 2012 Head of Brand and Product Strategies BMW Group
  • 2012 – 2014 Head of Small and Mid-sized Series Product Line BMW Group
  • since 9 December 2014 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG with responsibility for Development
Pieter Nota – Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group

Pieter Nota

Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group

*Born in 1964

Nationality: Dutch

  • 1990 - 2005 Unilever
  • 2005 - 2010 Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Beiersdorf AG, Germany
  • 2010 - 2017 Royal Philips
  • since January 2018 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group
Dr. Nicolas Peter – Finance

Dr. Nicolas Peter

Finance

* Born in 1962

Nationality: French, German

  • 1991 Joined BMW AG
  • 1991 – 1993 Various executive and project management functions in the finance area
  • 1993 – 1996 Treasurer, BMW Coordination Center, Belgium
  • 1996 – 1999 Group Leader, Corporate Finance
  • 1999 – 2002 Managing Director Finance and Administration, BMW France
  • 2002 – 2004 Head of BMW Sweden
  • 2005 – 2007 Head of Sales Steering, Process Development and IT
  • 2007 – 2011 Head of Group Controlling
  • 2011 – 2016 Head of Region Europe
  • since 1 January 2017 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance
Peter Schwarzenbauer – MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce, Aftersales BMW Group

Peter Schwarzenbauer

MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group

*Born in 1959

Nationality: German

  • 1984 – 1994 BMW AG, various functions at Marketing and Sales
  • 1994 – 1997 Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Head of Sales Germany
  • 1997 – 2003 Porsche Iberica S.A., Managing Director
  • 2003 – 2008 Porsche Cars North America Inc., President and CEO
  • 2008 – 2012 Audi AG, Member of the Board of Management, responsible for Marketing and Sales
  • April 2013 – February 2017 BMW AG, Member of the Board of Management, MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce, Aftersales BMW Group
  • since March 2017 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group  
Oliver Zispe – Production

Oliver Zipse

Production

*Born in 1964

Nationality: German

  • 1991 joined BMW AG as Trainee in Development and Production
  • 1992 - 1994 Project Engineer for Technology Innovation
  • 1994 - 2006 Various Leading Functions in Development, Production and Production Planning in Munich and South Africa
  • 2007 - 2008 Managing Director Plant Oxford, UK
  • 2009 - 2012 Senior Vice President Technical Planning
  • 2012 - 12 May 2015 Senior Vice President Corporate Planning and Product Strategy
  • since 13 May 2015 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production

Supervisory Board.

Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Norbert Reithofer – Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Norbert Reithofer

Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2015, member of the Supervisory Board since 2015, appointed until 2020

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG, Former Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

*Born in 1956 

Nationality: German

  • Studies of Mechanical Engineering at Fachhochschule München, Graduation as Diplom-Ingenieur (FH); Studies of Production Technology and Operating Science at Technische Universität München, Graduation as Diplom-Ingenieur; Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) at Technische Universität München
  • 1984–1987 Scientific Assistant at Technische Universität München, Institute for Machine Tools and Operating Science
  • 1984–1987 joined BMW AG – Head of Maintenance Planning
  • 1989–1991 Director of Control Technologies and Process Data Management
  • 1991–1994 Director of the Body-in-White Production Division
  • 1994–1997 Technical Director BMW South Africa
  • 1997–2000 President BMW Manufacturing Corporation, USA (South Carolina)
  • 2000–2006 Member of the Board of Management: Production
  • September 2006–May 2015 Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG
  • since May 2015 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG
Manfred Schoch – Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Manfred Schoch¹

Deputy Chairman and member of the Supervisory Board since 1988, appointed until 2019

Chairman of the European and General Works Council 

*Born in 1955

Nationality: German

  • Industrial engineering degree (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur) from Karlsruhe Technical University (TH)
  • 1980 joined BMW AG
  • since 1987 Chairman of the Works Council, Munich
  • since 1987 Chairman of the General Works Council of BMW AG
  • since 1996 Chairman of the European Works Council
  • since 1994 Alternate President of the Board of Directors of the BMW health insurance fund (BKK)
Stefan Quandt – Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Stefan Quandt

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 1999, member of the Supervisory Board since 1997, appointed until 2019

Entrepreneur

*Born in 1966 

Nationality: German

  • Industrial engineering degree (Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur), Technical University Karlsruhe (TH)
  • 1994–1996 Datacard, Marketing Manager Asia Pacific
  • since 1996 independent entrepreneur
Stefan Schmid – Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Stefan Schmid¹

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2008, member of the Supervisory Board since 2007, appointed until 2019

Chairman of the Works Council, Dingolfing

*Born in 1965 

Nationality: German

  • Apprenticeship in power plant electronics; metalworking foreman
  • 1985 joined BMW AG
  • since 1995 member, since 2004 Chairman of the Works Council, Dingolfing
  • since 2004 Deputy Chairman of the General Works Council
Dr. jur. Karl-Ludwig Kley – Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dr. jur. Karl-Ludwig Kley

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2010, member of the Supervisory Board since 2008, appointed until 2021

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the E.ON SE and of the Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft

*Born in 1951

Nationality: German

  • Industrial business apprenticeship at Siemens AG, studied law at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich; practical training in law in Hamburg and Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • 1982–1998 Bayer AG, incl. executive functions in Finance and Pharmaceutical divisions, also in Japan and Italy
  • 1998–2006 member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa AG, Finance division
  • 2006–2007 Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA
  • 2007–2016 Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA
  • Since June 2016 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of E.ON SE
  • Since September 2017 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft
Christiane Benner – member of the Supervisory Board

Christiane Benner¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2014, appointed until 2019

Second Chairwoman of IG Metall

*Born in 1968 

Nationality: German

  • 1987–1993 trained as a multilingual secretary at mechanical engineering company Carl Schenk AG; employed in Sales from 1989 on
  • 1993–1999 studied sociology at the Philipp University of Marburg and the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main
  • 1995–1996 earned bachelor’s degree and worked in Chicago, USA
  • since 1997 active in various branches and functions at IG Metall
  • 2008–2011 divisional manager with the executive committee of the IG Metall (sectors ITK and electrical industry, target group work)
  • 2011–2015 executive board member of IG Metall, specialised in IT, R&D, digitisation of work
  • Since 2015 Second Chairwoman of IG Metall, responsible for HR, organization, target group work and equality, project crowdsourcing
Dr Kurt Bock – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Kurt Bock

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2018, appointed until 2023

Former chairman of the Board of Directors of BASF SE

*Born 1958

Nationality: German

  • Studied Business Administration at Münster and Cologne universities and at Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • 1985–1991 various functions in the finance division of BASF AG
  • 1991–1992 Head of Technology, Director Planning and Controlling for Engineering Plastics, BASF AG
  • 1992–1996 Senior Vice President Finance and Accounting, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • 1996–1998 Managing Director, Robert Bosch Ltda., Brazil
  • 1998–2000 CFO of BASF Corporation, USA
  • 2000–2002 President of Logistics and Information Services, BASF AG
  • 2003–2011 Member of the Board of Executive Directors and CFO of BASF AG (BASF SE since 2008), since 2007 also Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation, USA
  • 2011-2018 Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE
  • since 2012 Member of the United Nations Global Compact Board (UNGC), USA
Franz M. Haniel – member of the Supervisory Board

Franz M. Haniel

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2004, appointed until 2019

Entrepreneur

*Born in 1955

 Nationality: German

  • studied mechanical engineering in Munich (Diplom-Ingenieur) 
  • MBA from INSEAD, France
  • 1982–1986 consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton
  • 1997–2000 CEO of SkiData AG, a supplier of access control systems
  • 2000–2006 member of the Management Board of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Munich, responsible for global smart card and solutions business
  • Since 2003 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
  • 2007–2016 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Metro AG
Ulrich Kranz – member of the Supervisory Board

Ralf Hattler¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2017, appointed until 2019

Head of Purchasing Indirect Goods and Services, Raw Material, Production Partner

*Born in 1968

Nationality: German 

  • studied Business Administration, specialising in logistics and procurement at the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, graduated with degree in business administration
  • 1994 joined BMW AG
  • 1995–1997 various functions in international logistics
  • 1997–1999 Head of Logistics Planning, BMW South Africa Ltd
  • 2000–2003 Vice President Logistics Planning, BMW Group
  • 2003–2007 BMW Group Plant Oxford (MINI): Vice President Logistics, Structural Planning and IT
  • 2007–2011 Vice President Purchasing, Production and Technology – Seats and Seat Components
  • 2011–2012 Senior Vice President Parts Quality worldwide
  • 2013–2016 Purchasing and Supplier Network, Senior Vice President Powertrain
  • since 2017 Senior Vice President Purchasing Indirect Goods and Services, Raw Material, Production Partner
Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Hiesinger – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Hiesinger

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2017, appointed until 2022

Chairman of the Board of Management of thyssenkrupp AG

*Born in 1960

Nationality: German

  • Electrical engineering degree (Diplom-Ingenieur), Technical University of Munich
  • 1992–2007 various management positions within Siemens Group
  • 2007–2010 member of the Board of Management, Siemens AG
  • 2010–2011 Vice Chairman of the Board of Management, thyssenkrupp AG
  • since 2011 Chairman of the Board of Management, thyssenkrupp AG
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Reinhard F. Hüttl – member of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Reinhard F. Hüttl

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2008, appointed until 2023

Chairman of the Executive Board of Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum – GFZ, University Professor

*Born in 1957 

Nationality: German

  • studied forestry and soil science (Diplom Forstwirt) at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg i. Br. and Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
  • 1986–1992 head of international research department of the mining company Kali und Salz AG (BASF Group), Kassel
  • 1987–1990 scientific advisor for the World Resources Institute, Washington D.C., USA
  • 1990–1991 Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, USA, Chair of Geobotany
  • since 1993 Chair of Soil Protection and Recultivation Faculty at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus
  • since 2007 scientific advisor on the High-tech Climate Protection Strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • since 2007 Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Academic Board of Directors of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
  • since 2008 acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering, 2008 – 2017 President, since 2017 Vice President
  • since 2011 member of the German Federal Government’s “Secure Energy Supply” Ethics Committee
Susanne Klatten – member of the Supervisory Board

Susanne Klatten

Member of the Supervisory Board since 1997, appointed until 2019

Entrepreneur

*Born in 1962

Nationality: German

  • studied business administration at University of Buckingham (Bachelor of Science)
  • 1988 studied at International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne (MBA)
  • Since 1991 independent entrepreneur 
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Renate Köcher – member of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Renate Köcher

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2008 appointed until 2022

Director of Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach Gesellschaft zum Studium der öffentlichen Meinung mbH

*Born in 1952

Nationality: German

  • Diplom Volkswirtin, studied economics, journalism and sociology in Mainz and Munich
  • from 1977–1988 research assistant of Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach Gesellschaft zum Studium der öffentlichen Meinung mbH
  • since 1988 managing director of Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach Gesellschaft zum Studium der öffentlichen Meinung mbH
Horst Lischka – member of the Supervisory Board

Horst Lischka¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2009, appointed until 2019

General Representative of IG Metall München

*Born in 1963 

Nationality: German

  • Apprenticeship as locksmith at Luitpoldhütte, Amberg
  • 1987–1990 independent employee representative at Luitpoldhütte, Amberg
  • since 1991 full-time official of the German Metalworkers’ Union (IG Metall)
  • since 2008 General Representative of IG Metall Munich and member of the Executive Board of IG Metall Bavaria (regional committee)
  • since 2008 member of the City Council of the state capital of Munich
  • since 2011 honorary member of the Executive Board of IG Metall
Willibald Löw – member of the Supervisory Board

Willibald Löw¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 1999, appointed until 2019

Chairman of the Works Council, Landshut

*Born in 1956 

Nationality: German

  • Industrial systems electronics apprenticeship at Eicher in Landau an der Isar; trained as industrial manager at BMW AG in Landshut
  • 1979 joined BMW AG
  • 1979–1987 electronics maintenance technician
  • 1987–1994 independent employee representative
  • since 1994 Chairman of the Works Council, Landshut
Simone Menne - member of the Supervisory Board

Simone Menne

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2015, appointed until 2021

Former Member of Management of Boehringer Ingelheim Group

*Born in 1960 

Nationality: German

  • 1978–1981 Trained as assistant in audit and tax professions, Büro Schwark, Rammsee
  • 1982–1987 Studied Business Administration at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, graduated with degree (Diplom)
  • 1989–2012 various functions at Deutsche Lufthansa group in Germany and abroad
  • 2012–2016 Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (CFO), responsible for Finance and Aviation Services
  • 2016–2017 Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Boehringer Ingelheim Group with responsibility for Finance
Dr. rer. pol. Dominique Mohabeer – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. rer. pol. Dominique Mohabeer¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2012, appointed until 2019

Member of the Works Council, Munich

*Born in 1963 

Nationality: German

  • 1985–1988 studied Sinology at University of Munich; attended interpreting school
  • 1988–1995 studied business administration at University of Munich (Diplom-Kauffrau)
  • 1995–1999 University of Kassel, research assistant at Institute for Applied Work Science
  • 2000 joined BMW AG
  • since 2002 member of the Works Council, Munich
Brigitte Rödig – member of the Supervisory Board

Brigitte Rödig¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2013, appointed until 2019

Member of the Works Council, Dingolfing

*Born in 1963 

Nationality: German

  • Attended school of domestic science; apprenticeship as garment maker
  • 1982 joined BMW AG
  • Since 1987 member of the Works Council, Dingolfing
  • since 2008 Chair of the Committee for Safety, Nutrition, Health and Environmental Protection at the Dingolfing site
  • since 2010 Deputy Chair of the Committee for Occupational Safety of the General Works Council of BMW AG
Jürgen Wechsler – member of the Supervisory Board

Jürgen Wechsler¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2011, appointed until 2019

Regional director of IG Metall Bavaria

*Born in 1955 

Nationality: German

  • Apprenticeship as mechanic at Siemens AG
  • 1974–1989 craftsman
  • 1978–1989 employee representative at Siemens Trafo Union
  • since 1989 full-time official of the German Metalworkers’ Union (IG Metall)
  • since 2010 regional director of IG Metall, Bavaria
Werner Zierer – member of the Supervisory Board

Werner Zierer¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2001, appointed until 2019

Chairman of the Works Council, Regensburg

*Born in 1959

Nationality: German 

  • Apprenticeship in electrical systems installation and power plant electronics with skilled worker certification (IHK)
  • 1988–1989 qualified as industrial foreman for energy and control systems
  • 1981–1985 electronics technician at Deutsche Bundesbahn in Regensburg
  • 1985 joined BMW AG
  • 1986–2000 employee representative and Deputy Chairman of the Works Council
  • since 2000 Chairman of the Works Council, Regensburg

¹ Employee representatives

Corporate Governance.

Corporate Governance at the BMW Group.

For the BMW Group, corporate governance is an all-embracing topic which involves all areas of the company. Transparent reporting and a corporate governance policy aimed at the interests of stakeholders are well-established traditions within the BMW Group. Cooperation between the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board, in an atmosphere of commonly shared trust and responsibility has long been the basis for managing the BMW Group. The underlying corporate culture at BMW is based on the principles of transparency, placing trust in others and taking responsibility for one's own actions.

The BMW Group believes that the recommendations and suggestions contained in the German Corporate Governance Code help make the German financial market more attractive, in particular for international investors. 

The Board of Management and Supervisory Board support the recommendations and suggestions contained therein and have developed a corporate governance code for the BMW Group, taking account of the specific circumstances of the BMW Group.

Declaration of Compliance.

In accordance with Sec. 161 German Stock Corporation Act, the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of BMW AG issue, once a year, a Declaration of Compliance relating to the recommendations of the "Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code", as published in the Federal Gazette and applicable at the time of the Declaration. The Declaration is available to download here.

Downloads.

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Attendance at Meetings of the Supervisory Board Members in 2017.

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Overview of the Supervisory Board Committees 2017.

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Mandates of the Supervisory Board 2017.

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Report of the Supervisory Board 2017.