Murat Aksel was born in Turkey in 1972.
He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. He began his career in 1998 in the purchasing department of Opel in Rüsselsheim.
In 2001, he took over responsibility for supply chain management at General Motors and Fiat in Turin before moving to Shanghai in 2008 as Executive Director of Electrical Vehicle and Powertrains at General Motors. In 2009, the BMW Group appointed him Head of Purchasing and Supplier Network Body and Equipment. In this function, he was also responsible for site management of the BMW Landshut component plant from 2011 to 2012. In 2015 he was appointed Process Chain Manager Driving Dynamics and Integration. Since 2017, Aksel has been Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Network Americas at BMW with responsibility for purchasing and the supplier network in America.
Murat Aksel will be Board Member for Procurement of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand from July 1, 2020.