[YesAuto News] On September 26, Daimler Group announced major personnel changes: Board Chairman Dieter Zetsche will officially step down at the Daimler Board of Directors in May 2019 and resign from Daimler The position of chairman of the board of directors of the stock company (equivalent to the CEO) and global president of the Mercedes-Benz Automotive Group ended his 42-year career in the Daimler Group.
At the same time, the Daimler Supervisory Board decided that Ola Källenius, the Group’s 49-year-old R&D Director, would succeed Zetsche as Chairman of the Daimler Board of Directors. At the same time, he would assume responsibility for the Mercedes-Benz Automotive Division. The term of office is five years, and Daimler Group will also usher in its first foreign board chairman in its history. It is reported that Zetsche may take over as chairman of the Daimler Supervisory Board in 2021 after two years of resignation. The current chairman of the Supervisory Board Manfred Bischoff's term coincides with the end of 2021.
According to public information, Zetsche was born in Istanbul, Turkey on May 5, 1953. He joined the Daimler Group in 1976. He has served as a member of the Daimler Management Committee since December 1998 and has been a Mercedes-Benz since 2005. The head of the automotive department.
At the age of 65, he has worked for Daimler for 42 years. Under his leadership, Mercedes-Benz has experienced an important stage of development from a trough to prosperity. Mercedes-Benz fell into a trough in 2005, when BMW won the global sales champion. Zetsche was in danger in 2006, and finally ushered in a turning point in his eighth year in office. Mercedes-Benz has made rapid efforts since 2013 and regained its position as the global luxury car champion in 2016. According to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz global performance announced this time, in 2017, Daimler Group's annual vehicle sales reached 3,274,400 vehicles, an increase of 9% year-on-year (among which, Mercedes-Benz and smart brands sold more than 2,244,000 vehicles worldwide. New cars, a year-on-year increase of 9.9%), while in China, Mercedes-Benz and smart brands sold a total of 611,000 vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 25%. This is the first time that Mercedes-Benz has exceeded the 600,000 sales mark in a single market worldwide, of which domestic cars accounted for 70%. %.
With the development of the global automobile industry facing a period of change, Zetsche's resignation is of great significance to Mercedes-Benz. How to make Mercedes-Benz a smooth transition to the turning point is also the most important task for Zetsche from now until his retirement.