BMW has appointed its head of South African operations to run its luxury brand Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd, from next February, the company said on Monday.

According to Reuters, Ian Robertson, 46, will take over as Rolls-Royce chairman and chief executive from BMW group finance chief Stefan Krause, who held the post on an interim basis after Karl-Heinz Kalbfell resigned last month to head Fiat's Alfa Romeo brand.

The news agency noted that the change marks the latest switch in quick succession at the luxury brand - Tony Gott resigned as head of Rolls-Royce in May. He had held the position since 2002.