BMW appoints new management at Husqvarna


(from a press release)

BMW has named Klaus Allisat as head of Husqvarna Motorcycles S.R.L., replacing outgoing manager Rainer Thoma.

A press release on Husqvarna's website announces that Allisat, 41, took over the role September 1. After joining the BMW Group in 2003, Allisat went on to serve as vice president of purchasing for BMW Motorrad in 2008, a function that also included responsibility for Husqvarna Motorcycles purchasing operations.

Before joining the BMW Group Allisat worked in various internationally oriented positions in corporate consulting with A.T.Kearney GmbH, Stuttgart and prior to this for Daimler Benz AG, Stuttgart.


After three years of managing Husqvarna Motorcycles, Thoma, 42, will now be taking up a new position at BMW Group headquarters in Munich.

The BMW Group acquired Husqvarna in 2007 and has since built a new R&D center for the marque, restructured production and spare parts supplies and has expanded the brands product offerings.


The statement on the site adds, "In spite of a difficult global market environment, Husqvarna MC was able to maintain a stable sales volume from 2008 to 2009 as compared to the competition. With a sales decrease of only around 3 percent in 2009, the brand recorded a lower decline than any of its competitors."

posted by Dennis Johnson