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Dr. Panke retired as the chairman of the board of management for BMW AG in 2006. He joined BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG in 1982 and held a variety of positions during his tenure. Most recently, he served as the company’s chairman of the board of management from 2002 to 2006. From 1999 to 2002, he served on the board of management for finance, and from 1996 to 1999 he served on the board of management for human resources and information technology. Before this, from 1993 to 1996, he was responsible for the company’s North American activities as the chairman and CEO of BMW (U.S.) Holding Corp.
Dr. Helmut Panke joined the Microsoft board as an independent director in November 2003.