Manfred Erlacher, currently managing director of BMW's Leipzig plant, will take over as president of the company's operations in Spartanburg, South Carolina, replacing Josef Kerscher who is to become MD of the Dingolfing factory in Germany. The handover will take place on 1 November, 2013.

Kerscher has been president at Spartanburg since 2007. The plant is the global manufacturing home for the X3, X5 and X6 and is currently undergoing a US$900m expansion to increase capacity to 350,000 vehicles a year ahead of next year’s launch of the X4. Last year it produced 301,000 vehicles and was the USA's biggest exporter of cars.

Erlacher's successor at Leipzig will be Milan Nedeljkovic who steps up from head of assembly at the plant.

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New responsibilities in the production and sales network

Munich. Josef Kerscher will take up the post of Managing Director of the BMW Plant Dingolfing with effect from 1 November 2013. Kerscher has been working for the BMW Group for 34 years and has been President of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg (South Carolina, USA), for the last six years. He will be succeeded as President of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg by Manfred Erlacher on 1 November 2013. Erlacher has been with the BMW Group for 29 years and is currently Managing Director of the BMW Plant Leipzig. His successor from November 2013 will be Milan Nedeljkovic, who is responsible at present for assembly at the Leipzig Plant. Wolfgang Stadler, the current Managing Director of the BMW Plant Dingolfing, is leaving the BMW Group in order to take up a position as a Member of the Board of Directors of Jaguar Land Rover.

 There were also the following changes in management functions in BMW Group Sales Germany with effect from 1 July 2013. Uwe Holzer is the new Managing Director of the BMW Group Branch in Frankfurt am Main. Holzer was previously responsible for the Southwest Germany Sales Region and succeeds Volkmar Job who is in charge of the Retail Support Project in Sales Germany with immediate effect. On 1 July 2013 Wolfgang Büchel became the new Managing Director of the BMW Group Branch in Berlin after previously holding the post there of Chief Operating Officer. The former Managing Director Hans-Reiner Schröder is taking up the new position of General Sales and Marketing Manager Berlin and will report directly, like Volkmar Job, to Roland Krüger, Vice President Sales BMW Group Germany.

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