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Big step: Marc Werner will oversee the Mini brand in the Asia-Pacific region, South Africa, Russia and also ‘importer markets’ – as well as remaining in charge of BMW Group Australia’s operations.

BMW Group Australia chief executive Marc Werner is preparing to assume responsibility for the Mini brand across the German prestige manufacturer’s Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Russia and Importer Markets.

Effective July 1, the appointment is in addition to his current role as head of the Australian BMW Group business.

The additional responsibilities were announced this week by BMW Group Asia-Pacific senior vice-president Hildegard Wortmann and Mini senior vice-president Sebastian Mackensen.

By Terry Martin