BMW Group has named Christopher Brownridge, the head of BMW U.K., as CEO of Rolls-Royce, succeeding Torsten Muller-Otvos, who is retiring after 14 years leading the ultraluxury automaker.
Brownridge will take over on Dec. 1, Rolls-Royce said in a statement. He has led BMW’s U.K. operations since 2021 following a series of management positions at the automaker’s British and Irish operations. Brownridge joined BMW as a graduate in 1995.
Müller-Ötvös, 63, has led Rolls-Royce since 2010. He has overseen the launch of Rolls-Royce’s first electric car, the Sceptre coupe, as well as boosting annual sales from around 1,000 in 2009 to over 6,000 in 2022. In that time Rolls-Royce also launched the Cullinan SUV, which is now the brand’s biggest seller.