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PURCHASING: Klaus Draeger, Member of the board of management for purchasing and supplier network, BMW AG
 
BMW has ranked at or near the top in several recent supplier satisfaction surveys in the United States and Europe, with supplier executives touting the company's openness to new technology and cooperative working style.
Much of the credit goes to Draeger, 57, BMW's board member for purchasing and supplier network since April 2012. Draeger, who previously led product development at BMW, is known to be demanding with suppliers, but they like his focus on innovation.