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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.

Our strategy.

We are Number ONE.
We inspire people on the move:
We shape tomorrow's individual premium mobility.

We unite excitement, responsibility and success:
We have the most emotional products and attractive services.

We offer the best customer experience.
We have a unique customer understanding through our ongoing, direct dialogue with our customers. We focus solely on premium products and services. We anticipate customer needs and desires. And we bring these to life - quickly and precisely - in innovative and emotional offerings and experiences.

We have the most aspirational brands.
We continuously grow the value of our brands through focused brand management and outstanding design.

We shape future technologies.
We develop innovative technologies for tomorrow’s products and services.

We inspire people to work for and with us.
We lead our associates with integrity and respect, securing our position as the most attractive employer.

We are an active part of the communities in which we operate.
We embrace our responsibilities within the wider community and achieve positive results.

As a consequence, we consistently generate excellent results.

We are leading the BMW Group into a new era:

We leverage innovative technologies, digitalisation
and sustainability to deliver unique customer experiences.

We embrace the opportunities that the transformation of our industry offers.
We are committed to expanding our technological competence in the years to come, to enhancing the interaction of individuals, vehicles and services and to driving progress in sustainable mobility. This will secure our success and set new standards amongst our competitors. Our strategic approach comprises:

Brands & Design
Products
Technologies
Customer Experience & Services
Digitalisation
Profitability

We create the future:
We combine operational excellence and fresh thinking.

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

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

  • 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

  • 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
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Draeger – Purchasing and Supplier Network

Markus Duesmann

Purchasing and Supplier Network

*Born in 1969

  • 1992 - 1995 Mercedes Benz, Stuttgart; design engineer for V12 series engine
  • 1995 - 2003 Various functions at FEV GmbH, Aachen; lastly, Divisional Manager, Engine Mechanics
  • 2004 DaimlerChrysler AG, Stuttgart, Senior Head of Department, New Diesel Engines
  • 2005 - 2006 Mercedes-Benz HPE Ltd., Brixworth (UK), Head of Development Formula One
  • 2007 - 2010 Joined BMW AG; Head of Powertrain Formula One
  • 2010 - 2012 Head of Driving Dynamics
  • 2012 - 2016 Head of Powertrain
  • since 1 October 2016 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG; Purchasing and Supplier Network
Klaus Fröhlich – Development

Klaus Fröhlich

Development

*Born in 1960

  • 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
Dr. Nicolas Peter – Finance

Dr. Nicolas Peter

Finance

* Born in 1962

  • 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
Dr. Ian Robertson – Sales and Marketing BMW, Sales Channels BMW Group

Dr. Ian Robertson (HonDSc)

Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group

*Born in 1958

  • 1988 - 1990 Plant Director Drews Lane Plant, Rover Group
  • 1990 - 1991 Plant Director Powertrain, Rover Group
  • 1991 - 1994 Purchasing Director, Rover Group
  • 1994 - 1999 Managing Director Land Rover Vehicles
  • 1999 - 2005 Managing Director BMW South Africa
  • 2005 - 2008 Chairman and Chief Executive Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
  • 2008 - 2012 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing, and Chairman of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
  • April 2012 - February 2017  Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, Sales Channels BMW Group
  • since March 2017 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group
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

  • 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

  • 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

*Born in 1956 

  • 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 - 13 May 2015 Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG
Manfred Schoch – Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Manfred Schoch

Deputy Chairman and member of the Supervisory Board since 1988

*Born in 1955

  • 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

*Born in 1966 

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

Stefan Schmid

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2008; member of the Supervisory Board since 2007

*Born in 1965 

  • 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

*Born in 1951 

  • 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 Vice-Chairman
  • 2007-2016 Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA
  • Since June 2016 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of E.ON SE
Christiane Benner – member of the Supervisory Board

Christiane Benner

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2014

*Born in 1968 

  • 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
  • since 2011 Managing Partner of IG Metall, specialised in IT, R&D, digitisation of work
Franz M. Haniel – member of the Supervisory Board

Franz M. Haniel

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2004

*Born in 1955 

  • 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
Ulrich Kranz – member of the Supervisory Board

Ralf Hattler

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2017

*Born in 1968 

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 – 2003 various functions in international logistics; recently 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

*Born in 1960

  • 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

*Born in 1957 

  • studied forestry/soil science (Diplom Forstwirt) at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg and Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
  • 1986-1992 head of international research project at the mining company Kali und Salz AG (BASF Group), Kassel
  • 1987-1990 scientific advisor at the World Resources Institute, Washington D.C., USA
  • 1990-1991 temporary lectureship in geobotany at the University of Hawaii, USA
  • since 1993 Chair of the Soil Protection and Re-cultivation 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 President of acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering
  • 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

*Born in 1962

  • 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

*Born in 1952 

  • Diplom Volkswirtin
    Studied economics, communications and sociology in Mainz and Munich
  • from 1977 research assistant
  • since 1988 director of the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research
Dr. h.c. Robert W. Lane – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. h.c. Robert W. Lane

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2009

*Born in 1949 

  • graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois; MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, USA; early career in global banking
  • 1982 joined John Deere as manager of various projects within the Worldwide Construction Equipment division; subsequently, President and Chief Operating Officer of Deere Credit, Inc.
  • 1992 moved to Worldwide Agricultural Equipment division as Senior Vice President; head of Equipment Operations in Latin America, Australia and East Asia
  • 1996 moved to Germany as Managing Director of Agricultural Equipment Operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and the nations of the former Soviet Union
  • 1999 returned to the US as President of Worldwide Agricultural Equipment division
  • 2000-2009 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company, USA
Horst Lischka – member of the Supervisory Board

Horst Lischka

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2009

*Born in 1963 

  • 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)
  • 2008-2012 Treasurer of IG Metall Munich
  • 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 Löw

Member of the Supervisory Board since 1999

*Born in 1956 

  • 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

*Born in 1960 

  • 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
  • 2012 - 2016 Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (CFO), responsible for Finance and Aviation Services
  • Since September 2016 Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Boehringer AG with responsibility for Finance
Dr. rer. pol. Dominique Mohabeer – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. rer. pol. Dominique Mohabeer

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2012

*Born in 1963 

  • 1985-1988 studied Sinology at University of Munich; attended interpreting school
  • 1988-1995 studied business administration at University of Munich (Diplom Kaufmann)
  • 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 Rödig

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2013

*Born in 1963 

  • 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 Wechsler

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2011

*Born in 1955 

  • 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 district manager of IG Metall, Bavaria
Werner Zierer – member of the Supervisory Board

Werner Zierer

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2001

*Born in 1959

  • 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

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.

BMW Group - Company

Overview of the Supervisory Board Committees 2016.

BMW Group - Company

Mandates of the Supervisory Board 2016.

BMW Group - Company

Report of the Supervisory Board 2016.