Owners of Mercedes Benz, Daimler said its Supervisory Board has decided to appoint Ola Kallenius for a new term of five years as Chairman of the Board of Management.
Daimler said in a statement that his appointment will be effective in direct connection, and also to appoint him as the Head of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division.
“As a long-standing member of the Board of Management and Chairman of the Board of Management, Dieter Zetsche has played a key role in shaping Daimler AG and has ensured its strategically outstanding positioning for the mobility of the future. His expertise and experience are extremely valuable for our company. Dieter Zetsche is predestined also to lead the company’s Supervisory Board prudently and successfully.
As Chairman of the Board of Management, he has proven that he can lead Daimler AG also in difficult circumstances and can inspire employees to pursue ambitious goals. With Dieter Zetsche’s intended appointment as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, we are ensuring continuity for the sustained success of Daimler AG.
In Ola Källenius, we are appointing a recognized, internationally experienced and successful Daimler executive as Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. At the same time, we are relying on the proven dual responsibility of the Chairman of the Board of Management as the head of the largest division, Mercedes-Benz Cars,” stated Manfred Bischoff, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG.
Michael Brecht, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG and Chairman of the General Works Council of Daimler AG: “With today’s resolutions and recommendations, the Supervisory Board has made powerful and good decisions. On the one hand, we are making the Board of Management of Daimler AG younger and thus giving it new impetus. On the other hand, by recommending the election of Dieter Zetsche to the Supervisory Board, the successful and trusting cooperation with him will be continued. In the Supervisory Board, we will continue to support the transformation into a mobility company, thus securing the successful course of the Daimler Group.”
Commenting on the nomination of Ola Källenius by the Supervisory Board, Dieter Zetsche said: “In various positions at Daimler, Ola Källenius has earned not only my respect, but also the recognition of his colleagues in very diverse areas. At the same time, he contributes a valuable international perspective. I therefore very much welcome the fact that the Supervisory Board has made this forward-looking personnel decision.”
The Supervisory Board has decided to appoint Markus Schäfer as the successor of Ola Källenius with responsibility for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development in the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Markus Schäfer has displayed outstanding leadership qualities and strategic farsightedness in various technical management positions at the Mercedes-Benz Cars division. He was appointed to the divisional board of management of Mercedes-Benz Cars in January 2014 and has been responsible for Production and Supply Chain Management since then. His contract of service was extended in 2017 until February 2022.
Ola Källenius was appointed to the Board of Management of Daimler AG effective January 2015 and is Member of the Board of Management for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development since January 2017. In February 2017, the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG extended his contract by five years until the end of December 2022.
Dieter Zetsche has been a member of the Board of Management since December 1998 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of the former DaimlerChrysler AG in January 2006. In addition, he has been Head of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division since 2005. In February 2016, the Supervisory Board extended Dieter Zetsche’s contract by three years until the end of December 2019.
Manfred Bischoff has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2006 and has been its Chairman since 2007. In 2016, the Supervisory Board reelected Manfred Bischoff as its Chairman until the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2021.