MUNICH Jan 16 BMW Chairman Joachim
Milberg will remain in his post until 2016, despite reaching the
age of 70 in April, a source familiar with the matter told
Reuters on Wednesday.
The world's largest premium car maker could thereby pave the
way for a smooth transition at the head of its supervisory board
in 2016, when BMW will also celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer's contract expires that
year, when he reaches the internal age limit for management
board members of 60, allowing him to assume Milberg's position
on the supervisory board.
Germany's Manager Magazin on Wednesday cited sources on the
board as saying that the Quandt family, which owns nearly half
the shares in BMW, has agreed to support a further candidacy of
Milberg, even though he will exceed the internal age limit for
the supervisory board when shareholders attend May's annual
general meeting in Munich.
Milberg took over as CEO of BMW in a turbulent period in the
1990s and is best known for carving up and selling Rover Cars to
the British Phoenix Consortium in May 2000 and Land Rover to
Ford Motor Company a month later.
He stepped down as chief executive in May 2002 to join the
supervisory board and was elected as its chairman in May 2004.
(Reporting By Irene Preisinger; Editing by Maria Sheahan and