Marcus Behrendt serves as Partner and CEO for BMW i Ventures. In this capacity he sits on the boards of DSP Concepts, Alitheon Inc. and GenXComm. He is also an active advisor to Nauto and an observer to further BMW portfolio companies. Prior to joining the corporate venture arm of BMW in August 2018, Marcus worked as the Vice President User Experience, Control Panels and Ergonomics at the BMW research and development center in Munich, Germany. Before Marcus joined BMW he was Head of European Operations at J.D. Power and Associates belonging to the McGraw-Hill Companies developing the European consulting automotive business and overseeing the European Research. Marcus' automotive career began at DaimlerChrysler as a vehicle dynamics and vehicle safety engineer. During the merger he was secretary to the Technical Safety Advisory Council for the German as well as the US entity spending much of his time between Stuttgart, Germany and Auburn Hills, MI. Right after his Business Management degree Marcus worked for the corporate development and inhouse consulting of Herlitz PBS AG, Berlin, Germany. Marcus earned a Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Berlin in Business Management and Engineering focusing on mechanical engineering. For several years, Marcus was chairman of the board of the Berlin Foreign Student Exchange group associated with Youth for Understanding and AFS Student Exchange and the Foundation Berlin Student Exchange (Stiftung Austausch Berlin).