Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. announced Tuesday, Jan. 23, Christine Petrasch has been named vice president of human resources.
Petrasch succeeds Johannes Trauth, who has returned to Germany to serve as the head of HR services.
The company said Petrasch earned a master’s degree in computer science and started her career as an IT consultant for business solutions working with the BMW Group.
She joined the company in 2000 as the head of human resources management for BMW’s Munich and Regensburg operations.
In 2011, Petrasch moved to China to serve as the head of HR strategy for the BMW—Brilliance Joint Venture.
The following year, she returned to Germany as the head of personnel management.
Petrasch most recently served as the head of HR services for the BMW Group.
BMW Manufacturing Co. is the production hub of BMW’s light trucks division—including the X3, X4, X5, X6, and soon-to-be X7—and its largest production facility in the world by volume.
The $8 billion, 6 million-square-foot plant employs 9,000 people and produced 371,284 vehicles in 2017.
It has the capacity to produce 450,000 vehicles per year.
In June, BMW Group announced its plan to invest an additional $600 million in the plant to support manufacturing infrastructure for future generations of X models and add 1,000 jobs through 2021.