Here are sketches of BMW executives with new positions:
Management board chairman
Milberg, 55, has been a member of the BMW management board since 1993. He was previously responsible for engineering and production.
BMW sources say he has detailed knowledge of worldwide production facilities and leading-edge manufacturing techniques.
Before joining BMW, Milberg was professor for machine tools and operations research at Munich Technical University.
Former university colleagues describe him as 'a great personality, an excellent specialist and a capable manager.'
At BMW, Milberg's formed the Werksverbund production network, which allows flexibility in production. A sharp rise in demand for a single model can be satisfied without adding plant capacity.
Chief of technical development
Ziebart, 49, was responsible for development of the current 3 series.
Last year, he headed BMW's so-called Rover Group Turnaround Team - a group of about 80 specialists from technical, managerial, logistical, personnel, production and purchasing backgrounds. Their job was to analyze Rover's problems.
Ziebart joined BMW in 1977.
Head of engineering and production
Forster, 44, joined BMW in October 1986 from McKinsey & Co., where he was technical manager. He enters the board of management after three years as managing director of BMW South Africa.
BMW insiders said Forster is an early front-runner to succeed Milberg as BMW boss in a few years, 'if he gets on well with the (Quandt) family.'
Chief of sales and marketing
Heitmann, 57, joined Volvo Germany in 1971 as general counsel. He later became president of Volvo South East Asia.
In 1989 and 1990, he was a board member at machinery and tool manufacturer Linde AG. He returned to BMW as group executive for all European territories except Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 1996, Heitmann was appointed CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp.