Eberhard von Kuenheim
|Eberhard von Kuenheim|
October 2, 1928 |
Juditten, East Prussia, Germany
(1970 - 1993)
|Known for||being the Chairman of the Executive Board of BMW, 1970–1993|
|Children||Hendrik von Kuenheim, general director of BMW Motorrad|
On 1 January 1970, Kuenheim became the CEO of the BMW Group. When Kuenheim became CEO, BMW had 23,000 employees; when he left the post in 1993, the number had risen to 71,000. Kuenheim "transformed BMW from a small, unfocused manufacturer of cars and motorcycles into a world performance luxury icon".
After Bernd Pischetsrieder followed him as CEO, Kuenheim guided BMW's supervisory board until 1999. Today Kuenheim is the head of BMW's Eberhard-von-Kuenheim-Foundation. He is also an Honorary Senator of the Technical University of Munich, which named a building at the mechanical engineering faculty after him.
- Booth, David (1 May 2010). "Motorrad boss a true biker". The National. Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Media. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013.
Before his father, Eberhard von Kuenheim, became CEO in 1970, BMW was an odd little manufacturer best known for eccentric motorcycles and quirky bubble cars.
- "E. von Kuenheim (BMW) "Growth through flexibility". An exclusive interview with Edouard Seidler". Autocar. Vol. 145 (nbr 4172). 23 October 1976. pp. 114–115.
- Bernd Ziesemer (2006). Pioniere der deutschen Wirtschaft (in German). ISBN 978-3-593-38121-3. Retrieved 28 April 2009.