BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Changes.

Spartanburg, SC - 09/05/2017

Today, BMW Manufacturing announced five new senior management appointments.

Sherry McCraw has been named the new Vice President of Assembly. McCraw was one of the first BMW Associates hired at Plant Spartanburg in 1993. She has worked in several areas of assembly production, planning, engineering and technology. Since 2013, she has served as Vice President of Finance and Compliance.

McCraw replaces Dirk Hilgenberg, who will return to Munich as the Head of Production System, Technical Planning, Tool Shop, and Plant Construction.

Replacing McCraw will be Stefan Diregger, the new Vice President of Finance and Compliance. Diregger has worked at the BMW Group for 20 years, most recently as the General Manager of Plant Finance for Plant Rosslyn in South Africa. He has also served as the General Manager for Logistics and Powertrain and the Manager of Financial Controlling/Industrial Engineering at the BMW Group.


Andreas Guecker, who has served as Vice President of Total Vehicle, Quality Management, and Plant Projects since 2014, will now assume a new role as Vice President of Integration Product Projects for BMW Plant Spartanburg. Guecker has been with the BMW Group since 1999 and has worked in numerous roles related to quality, testing, verification and planning.

Replacing Guecker will be Siegfried Mueller, the new Vice President of Total Vehicle, Quality Management, and Plant Projects. Mueller has worked for more than 20 years at BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Press Information

the BMW Group with experience in the development and launch of multiple vehicle projects – including the X1, X5, X5 plug-in hybrid, and X6. He has also served in quality management for both national and international functions. Most recently, he was Vice President, Manufacturing Concept Luxury Class, in Munich, Germany.

Murat Aksel has been named Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Network, Americas. Aksel joined the BMW Group in 2009 as Head of Purchasing and Supplier Network for Body and Exterior Parts. For the past two and a half years, he has been the Head of Process Chain Chassis and Driving Dynamics. Before BMW, Aksel served in a number of executive positions with Adam Opel AG and GM-FIAT.

Aksel replaces Franz Linner, who has been appointed as Vice President, Supplier Support NAFTA, for the BMW Group.

BMW Manufacturing produces the BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes (and their variants). The factory currently produces 1,400 vehicles each day, exporting 70 percent of these vehicles to 140 global markets. Last year, the Spartanburg plant produced 411,171 vehicles, making it the largest BMW plant in the world by volume. The Plant has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 9,000.

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BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany, and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. In addition to the BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Press Information

South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW Group North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing, and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California. For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit

BMW Group in America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 344 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. # # #

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Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304


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