BMW’s supervisory board has approved the appointment Andreas Wendt (60) as the new Board of Management Member for Purchasing and Supplier Network, effective today.

Wendt replaces ex-BMW executive Markus Duesmann who has been lined up to take over as permanent Audi CEO, replacing Rupert Stadler who is in police custody related to VW Group’s ‘dieselgate’ scandal.

Wendt began his career at BMW Group in 2002, as head of Strategy Development Production. He then went on to manage Production “Suspension and Drive Train Components” for Plants Landshut, Dingolfing and Berlin. From May 2006 until moving to Regensburg, Wendt was director of the BMW Group’s largest engine plant in Steyr, Austria.

“Throughout all stages of his BMW Group career, Andreas Wendt has been a driving force for innovation. With his outstanding expertise in managing quality and complexity, he has always set new benchmarks,” said Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG.

Reithofer added: “The Purchasing and Supplier Network is more important than ever to our commercial success. The ongoing internationalisation of our business and growing volatility greatly increase the level of complexity and demand even greater flexibility from our supplier network and Purchasing division. What is more, we can only achieve the required innovation needed in our focus areas of electromobility, digitalisation and autonomous driving by stepping up our partnerships with suppliers. The appointment of Andreas Wendt puts the purchasing division in an excellent position to meet all these demands.”