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Dirk Dreher, a former senior executive at the BMW Motorrad motorcycle plant at Spandau in Berlin, has become factory director of BMW’s UK car engine production plant in Hams Hall, North Warwickshire.

He succeeds Bernd Gress, who is moving to a new role within BMW Group, based in Germany, after three years in charge at Hams Hall.

Dreher’s career with BMW Group spans almost 20 years across a variety of management roles. Most recently these included vice-president of logistic planning and vice-president of overseas supply at BMW Group headquarters in Munich.

The Hams Hall plant, which employs more than 1000 staff, produces three and four-cylinder petrol engines for a range of BMW and Mini models.