BMW South Africa chief take over at Rolls-Royce

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29 November 2004 , MUNICH - Ian Robertson, 46, the head of South African operations for German automotive group BMW, has been appointed chief executive of the luxury-car maker Rolls-Royce, BMW said on Monday.

29 November 2004

MUNICH - Ian Robertson, 46, the head of South African operations for German automotive group BMW, has been appointed chief executive of the luxury-car maker Rolls-Royce, BMW said on Monday.

Robertson takes over on 1 February at Rolls-Royce, which created a new factory and headquarters in 2002 at Goodwood, near Chichester in the south of England, but is well short of its target of selling 1,000 of the stately cars per year.

Currently managing director of BMW South Africa, Robertson replaces Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, who left the company for a new post at Italian car marque Alfa Romeo. In the interim, Rolls-Royce has been run by BMW's finance director, Stefan Krause.

BMW acquired control of the Rolls-Royce brand by arrangement with Volkswagen, which took over its former stablemate Bentley and the manufacturing site for both marques at Crewe, England.

DPA

Subject: German news

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