Harald Krüger

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Harald Krüger
Harald Krueger Genf 2018.jpg
at the Geneva Motor Show 2018
Born (1965-10-13) October 13, 1965 (age 53)
Freiburg im Breisgau, West Germany
Alma materBraunschweig University of Technology
RWTH Aachen University
OccupationChairman of BMW Group

Harald Krüger(born 13 October 1965 in Freiburg im Breisgau, West Germany[1]) is the current chairman of the board of management (CEO) for BMW.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Krüger grew up in the city of Braunschweig. His mother was a teacher and his father a doctor of physics.[5] After graduating from the Hoffmann von Fallersleben School in 1984, he studied mechanical engineering at the Braunschweig University of Technology[6] (undergraduate studies) and RWTH Aachen University (main studies) and in 1991 passed his exams (mechanical engineering).[7]


Krüger first worked as research assistant at the "Institute for Dynamics of Flight Systems" of the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen from 1991 to 1992.


Krüger joined BMW in 1992 in the Technical Planning/Production division. From 1993 to 1995 he then worked as a project engineer in the construction of the BMW plant Spartanburg (USA). From 1995 to 1997 he was a personnel officer for experimental vehicle construction at the Munich "Research and Innovation Center" (FIZ). From 1997 to 2000, Krüger oversaw and managed the department "Strategic Production Planning". In 2000 he was appointed as Head of Department "Production Strategies and Communications". And as of 2003 he headed the engine production in the British BMW plant Hams Hall. From 2007 to 2008, Krüger was the Head of Technical Integration. On December 1, 2008, Krüger was appointed to the BMW Board of Management, responsible for the Human Resources Department.[1] He was the youngest board member of BMW at the time.[8] In 2009, BMW became the first DAX company to link the salary of factory workers and the management salary. Krüger stated: "We're making sure that the pay gap doesn't open any further."[9]

In July 2012, Krüger then assumed responsibility for MINI, Motorrad, Rolls-Royce and after-sales. In April 2013, Krüger was named board member for production.[10]

He ascended the CEO role on May 13, 2015, succeeding Norbert Reithofer.[11][12] He was compensated €8,134,963 ($9,676,131.74) in 2016.[11]

Krüger accompanied Chancellor Angela Merkel on her first visit to U.S. President Donald Trump in March 2017.[13]

Other activities[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "CV of Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG". www.press.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ "CV of Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG". www.press.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  3. ^ "Executive Profile | BMW AG | Harald Krüger | Customer Intelligence". www.boardroominsiders.com. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  4. ^ "BMW CEO Krüger promises President Trump further U.S. investments". BMW BLOG. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  5. ^ Hage, Simon (2017-05-09). "BMW-Chef Krüger: Auto-Boss mit Auftrittsschwäche". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  6. ^ Freudenreich, Von Daniel. "Der neue BMW-Chef kickte in Braunschweig" (in German). Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  7. ^ "Lebenslauf von Harald Krüger, Vorsitzender des Vorstands der BMW AG". www.press.bmwgroup.com (in German). Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  8. ^ "Im Gespräch: BMW-Vorstand Harald Krüger: „2009 gibt es keine Kündigungen"". FAZ.NET (in German). ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  9. ^ Meck, Georg. "BMW: Arbeiter bestimmen jetzt die Manager-Löhne". FAZ.NET (in German). ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  10. ^ "Harald Krüger neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender". www.press.bmwgroup.com (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  11. ^ a b "Stocks". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  12. ^ "BMW change de patron sur fond de ventes et de profits record". lesechos.fr. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  13. ^ Georgina Prodhan (March 13, 2017), Captains of German industry to accompany Merkel on Trump trip Reuters.
  14. ^ Supervisory Board: Harald Krüger Deutsche Telekom.
  15. ^ Managing Board & Presiding Board German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
  16. ^ Board of Trustees Baden-Badener Unternehmer-Gespräche (BBUG).
  17. ^ Board of Directors European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).
  18. ^ Members European Round Table of Industrialists.
  19. ^ Board of Trustees Technical University of Munich (TUM).