Hans Blesse appointed President and CEO, BMW Group Canada.
Kris Odwarka appointed Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 13, 2014….The following
changes in the BMW Group senior management team in the Americas will
become effective June 1.
Ludwig Willisch, Chairman and CEO, BMW Group Region Americas, has
announced the departure of Eduardo Villaverde, President and CEO, BMW
Group Canada, after many years of service to the company. Villaverde
became head of the BMW Group Canadian subsidiary on September 1, 2011.
Previously, he was CEO of BMW Spain and has served the company in many
different roles since joining BMW Group in 1995.
Succeeding Villaverde is Hans Blesse who will assume the role of
President and CEO, BMW Group Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario,
with a transition that begins today, May 13. Since April 2012, Blesse
has been the Vice President of BMW Motorrad USA. He began his career
with BMW in 1987 at what was then the newly founded BMW Canada sales
subsidiary. In the 27 years since then, Blesse has achieved success in
sales, marketing, aftersales and training with the BMW Group around
the world, including Canada, Spain, Germany and the United States.
Kris Odwarka succeeds Hans Blesse as Vice President, BMW Motorrad
USA, based in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey effective today, May 13.
Odwarka will be responsible for BMW motorcycle sales and marketing in
the United States. Currently, Odwarka is Regional Aftersales Manager,
Southern Region, a position he has held since February 2013. Odwarka
joined the BMW Group in 1992 as a Sales Trainer for BMW of North
America. He served in various field and regional sales, marketing and
aftersales positions before moving to Munich in 2000 in Corporate
Sales for BMW Group. Odwarka later spent 8 years as the Sales Director
for Alpina, based in Munich, before returning to the U.S. in 2010 as
President of Husqvarna Motorcycles based in Corona, California, which
was, at the time, a BMW Group subsidiary.
“I want to thank Eduardo for his years of service to BMW Group and we
all wish him well in his new endeavors,” said Ludwig Willisch. “For
Hans Blesse, his new role in Canada will be a homecoming of sorts and
I know he will do well in our very important Canadian market. Kris
Odwarka has a great passion for motorcycles and he is excited about
leading BMW Motorrad and we are expecting great results.”
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic
design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon
Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all
X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The
BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through
networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle
centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers,
and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW
Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff
Lake, New Jersey.
Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via
the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com