BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

BMW Manufacturing announced that Jeffrey Gaudiano has been named the new Vice President of Production Control, Logistics, and VPS. He returns to BMW Manufacturing after spending four years as the Managing Director and CEO of BMW Plant Thailand. Gaudiano succeeds Gerald Degen, who has returned to Germany as the Vice President of Assembly at Plant Leipzig.

Gaudiano was one of the first 100 associates hired at BMW Manufacturing in 1993 and has held a number of roles in the plant. He worked as Body Shop Coordinator, Assembly Department Manager and Continuous Improvement Department Manager during his first nine years. From 2002-2014, Gaudiano was the Department Manager of Plant Structural Integration, Production Control and Distribution.

“I’m excited to be returning home to Plant Spartanburg,” Gaudiano said. “I spent two decades in this plant watching it grow and mature into a successful and important part of the BMW Group production network. I’ve always appreciated the spirit and enthusiasm our associates have in building premium quality vehicles for the world.”

The model portfolio at BMW Manufacturing includes the BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes (and their variants). The all-new BMW X7 will debut in late 2018. Last year (2017), the Spartanburg plant produced 371,284 vehicles with 70 percent of these vehicles exported to 140 countries. The factory has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 10,000 people.

In June, the BMW Group announced it will invest an additional $600 million in the Spartanburg plant from 2018 through 2021 to support manufacturing infrastructure for future generations of X models. An additional 1,000 jobs will also be added through 2021.