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BMW executives 'to join' Tencent-backed electric-car startup

(Agencies) Updated: 2016-04-20 07:58

BMW executives 'to join' Tencent-backed electric-car startup

Dirk Abendroth.[Provided to]

A Chinese electric-vehicle company backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd and Foxconn Technology Group has hired a team of managers from BMW AG's i subbrand, according to people familiar with the matter.

Dirk Abendroth, Benoit Jacob and Henrik Wenders will join Future Mobility Corp as vice-presidents of software and connectivity, design, and marketing, respectively, according to the people, who declined to be identified before the information is made public. The executives will join Carsten Breitfeld, the former project manager for BMW's i8 plug-in sport car hired to be Future Mobility's chief executive officer.

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