IRVINE, California – Karma Automotive announced the appointment of Bernhard Barny Koehler to the newly created position of president-China on December 21, effective immediately.
Koehler’s appointment to this key role reinforces the significance of China market to Karma’s future, and acknowledges the pivotal role he has played in leading Karma’s efforts associated with obtaining the company’s manufacturing license from the Chinese government.
Koehler began his automotive career at BMW, where over the course of 21 years he progressed from 3-D designer to director of operations. In 2001, he joined Ford Motor in London as director of New Business Development. He co-founded Fisker Coachbuild in 2005 and subsequently co-founded Fisker Automotive as COO in 2007.
“Barny will continue to develop Karma’s presence in China and have direct responsibility for building our China-based engineering, supply chain, manufacturing and administrative support functions located in Hangzhou,” said Thomas Corcoran, CEO of Karma. “He will continue to manage our strategic relationship with BMW, and lead the corporate Global Design organization headquartered in Irvine.”