FRANKFURT: BMW's new chief executive Harald Krueger fainted on stage at the Frankfurt auto show today, a Reuters witness reported.
Krueger, 49, collapsed as he was commenting on BMW's latest models during a news conference. Two men escorted him off stage. Kruger was able to walk.
A BMW spokesman said over the public address system: "I'm a bit lost for words." It was the first appearance at a major auto show by Krueger, who took the helm as CEO in May.
AFP reported BMW as saying that the CEO had a dizzy spell and that he had not been feeling well in the morning after returning from a trip abroad. It added that after an initial examination Krueger was feeling better. Chief financial officer Friedrich Eichiner took over the press roundtable.
The auto show opened today for a press tour. Alongside Volkswagen and Daimler, BMW has a prime place in the huge exhibition with more than 1,000 exhibitors.