BMW Manufacturing announced this week that Dr. Gerald Degen has been named the new vice president of logistics and production steering for the Spartanburg plant. Degen succeeds Philip Heinrichsdorff, who has returned to Germany to direct material control/delivery assurance for BMW Group.
Degen has been with BMW Group for 18 years, according to a release from BMW. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich. Degen began his career as a quality engineer in BMW Plant Munich (Germany) and then joined the launch team to start up BMW Plant Leipzig (Germany) as director of final assembly.
In 2007, he was appointed vice president of BMW Plant Shenyang (China). In 2011, Degen became vice president of value added production Systems, responsible for the Lean Manufacturing Program of BMW Group until the end of 2012. He then moved to Brazil in January 2013 as director of BMW Plant Araquari (South America).
The South Carolina plant is in the midst of a $1 billion investment to increase the plant’s capacity by 50 percent by the end of 2016, according to the company. This investment and expansion will enable the plant to add a fifth vehicle model, the BMW X7. BMW’s Plant Spartanburg is the largest BMW Group plant worldwide, the company said.