Daimler could be grooming CEO Zetsche’s successor image

Just as it was previously reported, yesterday Daimler made Ola Kaellenius, the sales boss of its Mercedes-Benz Cars subsidiary, the eighth member of the carmaker’s management board – signaling he could be next in line to succeed Dieter Zetsche as chief executive.

Kallenius, 45, would be the eighth member of the company’s board of management, with his appointment starting on January 1, 2015 and lasting until December 31, 2017 – he also kept his global marketing and sales attributes. Zetsche has signed a contract to lead the German premium automaker through 2016 but we’re not going to be surprised if during the following months the company would announce his retirement earlier than previewed.

“Ola Kallenius will make our Board of Management younger and more international. These are two characteristics that we increasingly see also amongst our customers. With his wide-ranging experience, Mr. Källenius will help us to optimally address customers’ needs and to achieve the growth targets of our ‘Mercedes-Benz 2020’ strategy,” commented Manfred Bischoff, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG.

The German automakers seem to be ready for a generational revolution at the top: Volkswagen AG took BMW’s development chief Herbert Diess, 56 to be the new chairman of the core VW brand, thus becoming a worthy candidate to succeed the group’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, 67. And earlier this week rivals at Munich-based BMW announced that Norbert Reithofer would be succeeded in 2015 by Harald Krueger, 49.

Via Automotive News Europe