I moved to Switzerland to take part in an international research project. The subject was familiar, but my project management role was new. That led to a post at McKinsey. My father asked me why I didn't get a real job. I told him that, again, it combined something I could do well with plenty I could learn.
In 1981, I became BMW's head of planning in R&D, and soon got the job of corporate planning in the US. This was the fulfilment of a life's dream, a physicist moving into industry. My family couldn't believe I had gone into the automotive sector. They said the industry was disappearing, and that BMW was the least likely to survive. But it felt right: I just loved the cars.
I could never have planned my career. I've worked in every area at BMW, from HR to IT, from manufacturing to sales; I've been CFO, which was fun, and CEO. I've just always added uncharted territory to what I'd done before, and followed my instincts.