BMW announces today the following four executive management appointments.
Tom Purves has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive
Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited. In this capacity he is
responsible for the overall global Rolls-Royce business, including
production, sales and marketing. He will assume responsibilities in his
new position, effective July 1, 2008. In his prior capacity, Tom served
as Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp., a position he held since
1999. His responsibilities encompassed all sales, marketing and
distribution activities for the BMW and MINI brands of the BMW Group in
North, Central and South America. Prior to his arrival in the US, Tom
was Sales and Marketing Director of the Rover Group and also served
previously as Managing Director of BMW (UK). Tom began his automotive
career with Rolls-Royce as an apprentice engineer. His role with the
company evolved to include several management positions including sales
in Europe the Middle East and Africa.
Jim O'Donnell will assume the position Chairman and CEO of BMW (US)
Holding Corp. effective July 1, 2008. Jim recently joined BMW of North
America's executive management team as President of BMW of North
America, LLC (BMW NA) on April 1, 2008. In his new role, Jim will also
serve as Chairman of BMW NA's Management Board and as the Regional
Manager for US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Jim O'Donnell has
been with the BMW Group for 17 years. Prior to arriving in the US he
held the position of Managing Director of BMW (UK) Ltd. He also worked
as Sales and Marketing Director of BMW South Africa and Sales Director
of BMW (UK) Ltd. Before joining BMW Group, Jim held various positions
at Ford Motor Company.
Tom Kowaleski has been appointed Vice President of Corporate
Communications for BMW of North America, LLC effective May 1, 2008. Tom
will have responsibility for the overall management of the Corporate
Communications department. Tom Kowaleski has worked in the automotive
communications and marketing fields for over 30 years and has broad
experience with both domestic and imported manufacturers, including
Daimler Chrysler and GM. He is currently the President of ACTK2, a
communications consultancy which will continue to operate.
Tom Salkowsky has been appointed as Manager, BMW Corporate
Communications for BMW of North America, LLC, effective May 1, 2008.
Tom will be specifically responsible for the BMW automotive brand and
is a12-year veteran with BMW of North America. Previous to this
appointment, Tom served as Manager, Experiential Marketing with overall
responsibilities for auto shows, consumer driving events, the BMW Golf
Championship and Formula BMW Americas. Tom joined the company in 1996
as a Management Associate and during his career at BMW has held a
number of positions including M Brand and Motorsport Manager, Retail
Operations Training Manager and Senior Retail Analyst.
Robert D. Mitchell, the previous head of BMW Corporate Communications
and a 32 year veteran of BMW, will retire on April 30, 2008.
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