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EV Startup Fisker Hires Executive From BMW to Lead Global Manufacturing

  • Alpay Uguz was the manager of BMW’s South Carolina SUV plant
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Fisker’s Ocean electric SUVPhotographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg

Fisker Inc. hired a longtime BMW AG executive to lead global manufacturing efforts ahead of the startup’s plan to begin building electric vehicles later this year.

Alpay Uguz, who most recently served as general manager at BMW’s sport utility vehicle plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is joining Los Angeles-based Fisker as senior vice president of global manufacturing. Prior to that, Uguz spent nearly a decade helping run BMW’s joint venture with China’s Brilliance Group.