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PURCHASING: Klaus Draeger, Member of the board of management for purchasing and supplier network, BMW AG
 
Supplier relationships are vital to auto manufacturers, especially premium brands. Parts makers are more likely to offer their latest innovations exclusively to automakers with which they have strong ties.

For years BMW has profited from its close supplier relationships. It has long been considered a role model for the industry, and 2015 has been no exception. BMW topped the biennial North American Suppliers’ Choice Study by Deloitte and Automotive News for a fourth time in a row.

Since taking over as purchasing chief in 2012, 59-year-old Klaus Draeger has taken a balanced approach. His top priority has been to bring into harmony four different and sometimes even contradictory goals: competitive costs, maximum flexibility, leading innovations and the highest quality. And he is succeeding. BMW finished even further ahead of its nearest rival in this year’s North American Suppliers’ Choice Study than in the 2013 survey.