BMW boss faints at auto show press conference

BMW boss faints at auto show press conference
CEO of BMW Harald Krueger is assisted after falling to the ground during a presentation at the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt on September 15, 2015.
PHOTO: AFP

FRANKFURT - BMW chief executive Harald Krueger fainted Tuesday during a press briefing at the IAA auto show in Frankfurt, forcing the German carmaker to halt the presentation, an AFP photographer reported.

The 49-year-old Krueger, who has headed BMW since May, was speaking to reporters at the company's exhibit at the show when he apparently felt dizzy and collapsed. He was helped away by two bodyguards.

In a brief statement BMW said the CEO had a dizzy spell and that he had not been feeling well in the morning after returning from a trip abroad.

It added that after an initial examination Krueger was feeling better.

The IAA auto show opened Tuesday for a press tour. Alongside Volkswagen and Daimler, BMW has a prime place in the huge exhibition with more than 1,000 exhibitors.

In early trade in Frankfurt Tuesday, BMW shares were up 1.03 per cent to 86.22 euros.

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