BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 joint venture between BMW and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.
The appointment will take effect on Oct. 1, according to BMW Brilliance.
Wieland began his automotive career at BMW in 1989. He rose through the ranks to his current post as senior vice president responsible for financial control.
BMW Brilliance's current head, Olaf Kastner, will return to BMW in Germany in October.
BMW Brilliance, based in the northeast China city of Shenyang, produces the BMW 3- and 5-series sedans and the X1 compact crossover.
BMW is the second-largest luxury vehicle brand in China, behind Audi. In the first eight months, it delivered 329,972 BMW and Mini cars in China, up 9.4 percent from the same period last year.