BMW, which seems to be on a major executive overhaul has named company veteran Andreas Wendt as its head of purchasing and supplying network, replacing Markus Duesmann who stepped down from the post in July to join Volkswagen group.

Reports suggest that Wendt’s promotion comes amid a boardroom tension in the company that is said to have intensified due to its slowing sales momentum as well recent EV launched by rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

One of the company’s senior executives stated that leadership tensions have intensified

Speaking to Bloomberg, one of the company’s senior executives stated that leadership tensions have intensified due to long-lasting underperforming sales under CEO Harald Krueger. BMW, in 2016 lost its leadership position in global luxury-sales to Mercedes. While its iNext Vision and other EV’s are waiting for a launch, its rivals are already out with a potent battery-powered vehicle.

At the Paris auto show next week, the company will present a reworked 3-series sedan, a model that scores the biggest selling figures by volume.

At the Paris auto show next week, the company will present a reworked 3-series sedan, a model that scores the biggest selling figures by volume.

Duesmann’s exit is likely to have a significant impact on the company as he was expected to replace Klaus Froehlich after his retirement as the development chief.

Apart from that, the company also faces a major challenge to their supply networks from the US’s threat to impose tariffs on European imports as well as the possibility of UK leaving the EU without a trade agreement.