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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.

The Corporate Strategy of the BMW Group.

Board of Management.

Oliver Zispe – Production

Oliver Zipse

Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

*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
  • 13 May 2015 - 15 August 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production 
  • since 16 August 2019 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
Dr. Milan Nedeljković

Dr. Milan Nedeljković

Production

*Born in 1969

Nationality: Serbian

  • March 1969 Born in Krusevac, Serbia
  • 1988 - 1993 Studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA)
  • 2000 - 2004 Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) at Chair of Metal Forming and Casting, Technical University of Munich
  • 1993 Joined BMW Group as a trainee in Munich
  • 1994 - 1999 Planning functions for bodyshop and press plant technologies
  • 1999 – 2006 Various management positions at Plants Munich and Regensburg
  • 2006 - 2010 Head of Paint Shop, MINI Plant Oxford
  • 2010 - 2013 Head of Assembly, BMW Group Plant Leipzig
  • 2013 - 2015 Managing Director BMW Group Plant Leipzig
  • 2015 - 2018 Managing Director BMW Group Plant Munich
  • 2018 – 30 Sept. 2019 Senior Vice President Corporate Quality
  • since 1 October 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production
Pieter Nota – Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group

Pieter Nota

Customer, Brands, Sales

*Born in 1964

Nationality: Dutch

  • 1990 - 2005 Unilever
  • 2005 - 2010 Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Beiersdorf AG, Germany
  • 2010 - 2017 Royal Philips
  • January 2018 - March 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group
  • since April 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Customer, Brands, Sales
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

Transformation Electro Mobility

*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
  • March 2017 - March 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group  
  • since April 2019 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Transformation Electro Mobility
Andreas Wendt – Purchasing and Supplier Network

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wendt

Purchasing and Supplier Network

*Born in 1958

Nationality: German

  • 2002 Joined BMW AG as head of Strategy Development BMW Group Production 
  • 2003 - 2006 Head of Production “Suspension and Drive Train Components” 
  • 2006 - 2009 Managing Director of BMW Motoren GmbH, Steyr, Austria 
  • 2009 - 2017 Head of BMW Group Plant Regensburg 
  • 2017 - 2018 Head of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing 
  • since 1 October 2018 Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Purchasing and Supplier Network

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
  • 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 2024

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 2024

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 2024

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 2024

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 Board of 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
Verena zu Dohna-Jaeger – member of the Supervisory Board

Verena zu Dohna-Jaeger¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2019, appointed until 2024

Department head with the Executive Board of IG Metall

*Born in 1975

Nationality: German

  • 1996-2001 Law studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt a.M.
  • 2002-2004 First state examination in law and legal clerkship at the higher regional court (OLG) Frankfurt a.M., second state examination in law
  • Since 2005 Lawyer (company lawyer) with the Executive Board of IG Metall
  • Since 2015 Head of the department for work constitution and co-determination policy with the Executive Board of IG Metall
Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Hiesinger – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Hiesinger

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2017, appointed until 2022

Former 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
  • 2011 – 2018 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 2024

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 2024

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 2024

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 2024

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 2024

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
Dr. Vishal Sikka – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Vishal Sikka

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2019, appointed until 2024

Founder and CEO of Vian Systems, Inc.

*Born in 1967

Nationality: U.S. American

  • 1990 B.Sc. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, New York, USA
  • 1990–1996 Doctoral studies (Ph.D.) at Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence, USA
  • 1996–2002 Stations at Xerox, iBrain and Bodha.com
  • 2002–2010 Various positions at SAP AG
  • 2010–2014 Member of the Executive Board of SAP AG (since May 2014: SAP SE), Head of all Products and Technology
  • 2014–2017 CEO and Managing Director of Infosys Limited, India
  • since 2018 Founder and CEO of Vian Systems, Inc., USA
Dr. Thomas Wittig – member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Thomas Wittig¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2019, appointed until 2024

Senior Vice President Financial Services

*Born in 1960

Nationality: German

  • 1979-1984 studied business administration (University of Regensburg), graduated with diploma in business administration
  • 1985-1988 Research assistant at the institute for business taxation (University of Regensburg), doctorate in economics
  • 1988–1989 Specialist International Corporate Taxation, Munich Reinsurance AG
  • 1989–1998 Various function within BMW AG accounting
  • 1998–2001 Vice President Group Financial Planning and Controlling
  • 2001–2002 Executive Vice President CFO BMW (US) Holding Corp., USA
  • 2003–2004 Vice President Sales Planning, Process and IT Planning
  • 2005–2017 Senior Vice President Group Reporting
  • since 2017 Senior Vice President Financial Services
Werner Zierer – member of the Supervisory Board

Werner Zierer¹

Member of the Supervisory Board since 2001, appointed until 2024

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 2018.

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Overview of the Supervisory Board Committees 2018.

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Mandates of the Supervisory Board 2018.

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Report of the Supervisory Board 2018.