INTERNATIONAL: Von Bestenbostel named BMW global comms head

MUNICH: BMW has taken on Peik von Bestenbostel as global head of

group communications, replacing incumbent Axel Obermueller.



Von Bestenbostel joins the German car giant from telecoms firm VIAG

Interkom, where as director of corporate communications for the last

three years he launched and managed the company's entire communications

team.



Former BMW communications chief Obermueller stepped down from the post

due to ill health, but is said to be on the road to recovery and set to

return to BMW in a different role.



Reporting to group divisions manager for corporate affairs, Richard

Gaul, von Bestenbostel has been tasked with heading worldwide

communications, specifically German and international business and

financial media relations, investor relations and internal

communications.



He starts later this month and will head a team of around 25 PROs.



Von Bestenbostel said: 'I've been with VIAG for nearly four years and we

have achieved many positive results and a substantial share of voice in

the German media. But I'm ready for a next step and to take on another

responsibility and welcome the opportunity to return to BMW.'



He previously worked as a spokesman in the BMW corporate affairs

headquarters from 1995 to 1997.



At VIAG, which is one of Germany's four leading telecoms firms, von

Bestenbostel's successor has yet to be announced. It is believed the new

corporate communications chief comes from a major German

publication.



Last summer, BMW's corporate communications division in Munich took over

responsibility for the group's political contact offices in Berlin,

Brussels, London and Washington in addition to existing external and

internal communications.



BMW is introducing the latest Mini in July this year and plans to add

the Rolls Royce brand to its stable in 2003.



Following the sale of Rover and Land Rover, BMW bosses have confirmed

they now intend to keep the firm independent, with targets to grow

internationally and invest further in research and development.



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