BMW Manufacturing Names Human Resources Successor

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/09/2010

Vice President, Kathleen Wall, to Retire

Annmarie Higgins has been named successor to BMW Manufacturing’s Vice President of Human Resources, Kathleen Wall, who will retire at the end of 2010.

Higgins has spent her entire career with Mitsubishi Polyester Film (formerly Hoechst Celanese). She began her career outside of Houston, TX as a process engineer with the company. Building on her strength as an organizational leader, Higgins quickly moved into the Human Resources area of Hoechst Celanese. In 1998, as part of the merger between Hoechst Celanese and Mitsubishi Polyester Film, she was tapped to lead the consolidation and development of the Human Resource function for the new organization. Most recently she served as the company’s Human Resources Director at their facility in Greer, SC. where she led the development of the company’s Global Leadership Program. Higgins has also been actively involved in the start-up of the South Carolina Business Coalition on Health.

Higgins received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is married with two daughters.

Kathleen Wall who has served as Vice President, Human Resources at BMW Manufacturing since 1998 will retire in December 2010. Prior to 1998, she worked for BMW of North America in Woodcliff Lake, NJ for twelve years as Manager of Human Resources and as the company’s corporate attorney. During Wall’s tenure at BMW Manufacturing, the plant expanded 3 times and employment grew from approximately 2,000 to 5,000 on-site jobs. Wall was also instrumental in development of the South Carolina Business Coalition on Health.

BMW Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany and is the global producer of the BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW 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

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

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


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