BMW's CEO Faints on Stage at Auto Show

Harald Krueger is resting, doing fine
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2015 9:12 AM CDT
BMW's CEO Faints on Stage at Auto Show
BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapses during the presentation at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

It wasn't the presentation he hoped to give, but at least he's OK. BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapsed today during a news conference at the Frankfurt auto show and was helped off stage by staff. His condition was not serious, the company said later. Krueger stumbled backward and fell on his back during the first five minutes of the presentation of the German auto house's new lineup. Staff rushed to help Krueger back on his feet, and he rubbed the back of his head, looking stunned as he was lifted and led off stage. It was his first big public appearance as boss, notes Business Insider.

BMW spokesman Maximilian Schoeberl said that 49-year-old Krueger had been recently traveling a lot, and was not feeling well ahead of the presentation but decided to go ahead with it. Schoeberl said Krueger, who took over as BMW's CEO earlier this year, was seen by a doctor following the incident, who recommended that he cancel his other appointments for the day and rest at home. "His condition is not worrisome, they've ruled out anything serious," says Schoeberl. (More BMW stories.)

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