Who are the Mercedes-Benz team behind Daimler’s excellent third-quarter?

Daimler has announced an excellent profit boost in its third-quarter, with sales particularly driven by that of Mercedes-Benz by 8%. Business Chief takes a closer look at the key players behind the automobile company.

Ola Källenius

Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Chairman Ola Källenius started out with the company as Manager, Corporate Controlling, Mercedes-Benz US International Inc in 1995. He has been a member of the board since 2015 and Chairman as of May this year, which he is expected to hold this position until 2024. In addition to this he heads of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division.

Källenius, said: "Strong sales at Cars and Vans supported our Q3 financial performance. However, in order to master the transformation in the next few years, we need to increase our efforts considerably: We have to significantly reduce our costs and consistently strengthen our cash flow."

Källenius is due to keynote at CES 2020

Age: 50 

Education: Stockholm School of Economics

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Markus Schäfer

Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

Markus Schäfer joined the Board of Management of Daimler AG in 2019, taking responsibility for Group research, Development and Procurement. In 1990 he became a trainee within Daimler’s International Management Associate Program. He has held a number of roles within the company before taking the role he holds today.

Age: 54

Education: Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt 

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Wilfried Porth

Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans

HR director Wilfried Porth has been with the Daimler since 1985. Porth has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since 2009. In addition to this he is Labour Director at the company and responsible for purchasing non-production materials.

Age: 60 

Education: mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart

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Britta Seeger

Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales

Britta Seeger is the second female member of the Board of Daimler AG alongside Renata Jungo Brüngger. Seeger joined the former Mercedes-Benz AG in 1989 whereupon she completed a Business Administration degree from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart  joined the Board in 2017, succeeding Ola Källenius as Sales Director.

Age: 50 

Education: business Administration from the University of Cooperative Education

 

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