BMW makes new appointments to management positions
Bernd Körber, head of product management for the BMW brand, will additionally take over brand management for BMW on 1 November 2023 and in this position succeeds Jens Thiemer, who is leaving the company. According to the statement, Thiemer is leaving at his own request on 31 October “to devote himself to new tasks”. It is not yet known where he will be moving to.
Also on 1 November, Markus Flasch will take over as head of the motorcycle subdivision BMW Motorrad. He succeeds Markus Schramm, who is retiring. Flasch is currently product line manager responsible for the development and conception of all BMW brand vehicles in the medium and luxury classes as well as the Rolls-Royce brand. He will be succeeded as head of the mid-size, luxury BMW, Rolls-Royce product line on 1 January 2024 by Nicolai Martin, who has been with the BMW Group since 2004. He currently heads the Driving Experience division.
At Rolls-Royce, it is not only a change in the management of the product line that is in the offing. The new CEO of Rolls-Royce on 1 December 2023 will be Christopher Brownridge, succeeding Torsten Müller-Ötvös, who is retiring. Under Müller-Ötvos, the first electric Rolls-Royce, the Spectre luxury coupé, was developed. His successor Brownridge has been working for the BMW Group since 2000 and most recently headed the sales company for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
These changes in top management affect the Board of Management departments Development (as before under the leadership of Frank Weber) and Children, Brands and Sales. The latter will also change on 1 November: Pieter Nota will leave BMW and Jochen Goller will take over the sales department.
At its meeting at the end of September, the BMW Supervisory Board not only decided to appoint Goller to the Board of Management, but also extended the contract of Chairman Oliver Zipse until 2026.