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Scot to steer BMW to UK recovery.

SCOT Jim O'Donnell has been lined up to put BMW back on the right track after the Rover sell-off controversy.

The 50-year-old Glaswegian, who has headed the German car giant's South African operation for three years, will take over as UK managing director next month.

One of his first tasks will be to try to restore the firm's reputation in Britain following the fall-out from the Rover affair. Sales suffered badly last month as Britons reacted angrily to the decision to pull the plug on Rover, threatening thousands of jobs.

Mr O'Donnell, who has worked for BMW for more than 20 years, said last night he welcomed the task, adding: "I relish the challenge which the ever more competitive UK market conditions present."
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