BMW names new production boss for Mini brand
Bachmann moves to UK from Germany.
Veteran BMW executive Frank Bachmann is the new head of production for the automaker's Mini brand.
Bachmann, 51, will be in charge of Mini's car factory in Oxford, England, along with the body pressings operation in Swindon and engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham.
Bachmann, a Swiss national, will take up the position on October 1, succeeding Juergen Hedrich, who will take up another role in the BMW Group production network, BMW said.
Bachmann is a 24-year BMW veteran and has held senior management positions in production, including posts in Germany and South Africa.
In 2001, Bachmann became head of manufacturing concepts at Mini, before moving to the BMW Group as head of assembly technology. In 2011, he was appointed to his present position as chief of future production sites at the group.
Mini has been a success story for BMW since the brand was revived in 2001. Mini sold 285,000 cars last year, up 21 percent on the year before.
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