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Robertson will be replaced at the start of 2018 by Pieter Nota, who leaves Philips for BMW

BMW’s head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, is to retire at the start of 2018 and will be replaced by Pieter Nota, who moves to the company from electronics firm Philips. 

The moves are effective from 1 January 2018, after which the current Philips chief marketing officer and executive vice-president for personal health will take up the role. 

Robertson has served as BMW’s head of sales and Brand BMW since 2008. He has been praised by BMW boss Norbert Reithofer, who said: “Even through challenging economic times, he [Robertson] enabled the continuous growth of the company by achieving one sales record after the other. I would like to thank him for his accomplishments and am pleased that he will remain with the company as a BMW Group ambassador for the UK, one of our most important markets and production locations.”

Robertson made headlines last year by speaking out about how far away 'true' autonomy is, saying it is much farther away than many believe.

Nota’s role at BMW will be his first in the car industry, having moved to Philips from skincare company Beiersdorf AG after a stint at Unilever in various executive roles. 

Harald Krüger, chairman of the board at BMW, said: “I am convinced that Pieter Nota’s proven track record in innovation and transformation will continue to lead our core Brand BMW and its products through the future of connected mobility.”

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Symanski 21 July 2017

Not a quality product any longer.

Having just been burnt by BMW I have to say it's not the quality product they'd like you to beleive it is.   Sadly, repair costs were valued at more than the car was worth!   Full BMW seriving doesn't help you either.


VW at least kept their engines working, BMW just used inferior and unreliable parts and did the minimum for Europeans to get them out of warranty.   In the US same parts are warranted out to 10 years!


abkq 20 July 2017

How is this news? Is BMW

How is this news? Is BMW going to tell us their change of catering manager next?

k12479 21 July 2017

abkq wrote:

abkq wrote:

How is this news?...

Well, he is fairly well known both within and outside the industry, although how anyone could do anything else other than "...achieving one sales record after the other" between 2008 and now is a mystery.