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BMW’s head of purchasing, Herbert Diess, will take charge of group R&D (Photo: BMW)

Two top BMW executives are switching roles as the premium carmaker moves to more effectively deal with a growing range of products and initiatives.

R&D Boss Klaus Draeger will assume responsibility for group purchasing, taking over from Herbert Diess, who henceforth will be in charge of group R&D. At the same time, Ian Robertson, global head of sales and marketing, will concentrate on the core BMW brand and the new i brand, handing over the supervision of Mini to Human Resources chief Harald Krueger. Krueger will also take over board responsibility for Rolls Royce and BMW motorcycles.

BMW also announced that, effective July 1, Milagros Caiña-Andree will take over Krueger's position as head of the BMW Group's human resources. Caina-Andree, who currently manages HR in the transport and logistics division of Deutsche Bahn, the German rail network, will be the first woman to join the BMW board.

Krueger will also be in charge of expanding BMW's aftersales business, the company said.

“The rigorous implementation and refinement of our successful Strategy Number ONE will place even further demands on our company in the future. We need an organization that can handle the increasing complexity of the tasks involved to ensure that the BMW Group maintains its successful course in the future,”BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said in a press release.

BMW said there will be no changes to the roles of finance chief Friedrich Eichiner and production boss Frank-Peter Arndt.

The new roles for Draeger, Diess and Robertson will take effect April 1.