BMW Announces Management Changes

March 14, 2013
Bart Madson
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Frank-Peter Arndt BMW
BMW Board of Management member responsible for Production, Frank-Peter Arndt, resigns after a 30-year career.

BMW has announced changes to its management board. Frank-Peter Arndt, the Board of Management member responsible for Production, will resign his position on April 1 due to health reasons. His position will be filled by Harald Kruger, who currently oversees the MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce and Aftersales divisions. Kruger’s responsibilities will be taken over by Peter Schwarzenbauer, a former BMW executive who returns to the company after stints with Porsche and Audi.

Arndt has served on the board as manager of production since 2006. He leaves BMW after a 30-year career with the Bavarian firm. In a press statement announcing the board changes, Arndt said of his departure:

“This was not an easy decision to make, but I have decided to take this step out of consideration for my health and my family, and out of responsibility towards the BMW Group. Working for this company, with its wonderful products and employees, and being able to contribute to the success of the BMW Group, has always been a source of great pleasure for me.”

Peter Schwarzenbauer BMW
Former BMW executive Peter Schwarzenbauer
returns after stints at Porsche and Audi.

Chairman of BMW’s Supervisory Board, Prof. Joachim Milberg, said: “Frank-Peter Arndt has made an enormous contribution through his successful achievements and exceptional dedication. He is highly regarded by all of our employees. On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I would like to thank him for his strong commitment. We regret his decision, which he has made for personal reasons but, naturally, we respect it fully.”

Schwarzenburg began his career at BMW in 1984. He left in 1994 for Porsche, and in 2003 was appointed President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Inc. He returns to BMW after serving on the management board of its traditional rival, Audi, from 2008-2012.

As Kruger’s replacement on the board, Schwarzenburg, also assumes responsibility for the groups motorcycle division, BMW Motorrad, the MINI and Roll-Royce automobile brands, as well as the BMW Group Aftersales division.

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