BMW names next CEO for the Americas.

BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt will return to Munich to lead the BMW Group's domestic market in Germany after four and a half years at the helm of BMW Group Region Americas.

The company named current Mini Series Executive Sebastian Mackensen to suceed Kudnt. Starting Sept.1, Mackensen will manage all sales, marketing and distribution activities for the BMW Group from Canada to Argentina as well as serve as president and CEO, according to a news release.

Mackensen previously managed American sales for another auto company before joining the BMW Group in 2013 as the head of global sales for the British Mini brand. In 2015, he took overall responsibility for the brand and since 2018, has led both BMW and Mini brands in Germany.

In his current position, Mackensen will report directly Pieter Nota, a member of the board of management of BMW AG.

"With Bernhard Kuhnt and Sebastian Mackensen, we witness two accomplished sales experts exchange the responsibility for Germany and the Americas," Nota said in the news release. "Both Bernhard and Sebastian have demonstrated especially in the last year that they are adept at leading in a dynamic and volatile environment, overcoming challenges to secure a successful result in their respective regions.

Kuhnt joined the BMW Group in 2015 following several international leadership positions in the premium automotive market both in the dealer network and also on the brand side, according to the release. Kuhnt initially managed the global BMW Group importers network comprising of more than 80 markets before taking responsibility for the...

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