Dieter Zetsche will succeed Dr Manfred Bischoff as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG, taking effect at the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2021. 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. Ola Källenius will be inducted to the Board.
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.
“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 to our company. 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,” stated Manfred Bischoff, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG.
The Supervisory Board has appointed 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. 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.