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Oliver Zipse (Photo: BMW)

Oliver Zipse will become the new production chief at BMW, succeeding Harald Krueger, who will take over as CEO May 13.

BMW, in particular, cited the international manufacturing experience Zipse has gathered in his 24 year career at the premium car maker.

Zipse, 51, joined BMW as a trainee in 1991 and held positions in development, production and production planning in Munich and South Africa through 2006.

In 2007, the mechanical engineer became managing director of BMW's Mini plant in Oxford. In 2009, Zipse took up a position as senior vice president technical planning and since 2012, he has been in charge of all corporate planning and product strategy.

“Oliver Zipse has broad experience within the BMW Group’s international production network," BMW Supervisory Board Chairman Joachim Milberg said in a press release.

Zipse's appointment is part of a broader rearrangement of top management responsibilities at BMW. On May 13, Krueger will take over from Norbert Reithofer as CEO. Reithofer will succeed Milberg as supervisory board chairman.

BMW also has a new head of research and development, Klaus Froehlich, who took over after Herbert Diess left to become CEO of the Volkswagen brand. Diess will officially take charge of the VW Group's core brand July 1.