Dr. Helmut Leube has been named president of BMW Manufacturing Corp., succeeding Dr. Norbert Reithofer, the company announced today.

Dr. Leube, 47, began his career with BMW in 1987 as manager of engine production in the Munich plant. He has worked as manager of purchasing engineering, project manager for mid-size car division manufacturing and general manager of the engineering division in Assembly. In 1995, he was named Senior Vice President of corporate logistics and in 1998 assumed responsibility for integration of production engineering.

He is a graduate of the Technical University of Aachen/Germany with a master’s and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering.

“My relationship with BMW Manufacturing goes back to 1992 when I was in the planning department and BMW first had the idea for a plant in the U.S. And as the plant began to produce cars in the fall of 1994, I worked with a team of Assembly managers to move those first vehicles into the market, ” Dr. Leube said.

“I am so pleased to come to the South Carolina plant where so much has been accomplished.”

Dr. Reithofer, 43, was named in March to BMW’s Board of Management as the Member responsible for worldwide production with oversight of all BMW factories throughout the world.

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Dr. Reithofer joined BMW Manufacturing Corp. in October 1997 as chief operating officer and was named president in April 1998. He began his career with BMW in 1987, having served in various capacities in BMW’s Munich plant and as managing director for production at the South African plant.

BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of BMW AG, Munich, and is one of 15 worldwide factories in the BMW Group. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; an information technology consulting and systems integration firm in South Carolina; a production facility in Mexico; and a design firm in California.