The automaker’s chief executive officer Harald Krueger is well and has taken a few days off to ensure complete recovery after he fainted on stage while talking to the audience during a presentation at the Frankfurt motor show.
According to a company spokesperson, the 49-year-old executive is now fine and is not in any immediate danger or facing future health concerns. He was tasked to lead the largest luxury automaker in the world just months ago and Krueger collapsed during a briefing on Tuesday morning during the IAA – this was his first major appearance onstage after becoming the CEO in May and was taken out by assistants after the incident as the presentation had to be canceled. BMW added after the unfortunate event that its chief executive had just returned from numerous trips abroad and had not been feeling well that morning even before the presentation started.
The Frankfurt motor show is a crucial event for German luxury carmakers as they prepare for the final assault in the latter months of the year and this year’s venue has been packed with novelties from the Bavarian make. Chief among them were the new generations of its flagship sedan the 7 Series and the X1 compact sport utility vehicle. The automaker has also started to green up its range of models, presenting the plug-in hybrid versions of the 7 Series and 3 Series, the X5 SUV and the family-oriented Active Tourer.