CEO, BMW South Africa
IT’S been another strong 12 months from BMW’S South African division, run by former UK chief Tim Abbott. But change is coming. The big challenge for BMW SA will be to maintain the strength of the 3 Series – which outsold its nearest compact exec rival by five to one in 2017 – when the car is no longer being built locally. BMW’S plant in Rosslyn is switching from making the saloon to the latest X3, and Abbott will have to manage the transition carefully. He’ll be hoping local production will allow the midsized SUV to rise up the sales charts.