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Mercedes named Mark Webster as Smart USA’s new general manager.

Mercedes-Benz USA has named Mark Webster, 51, as general manager of Smart USA, after he served as general manager of pre-owned and fleet operations. He will replace Tracey Matura, who has been named general manager of the central region in Chicago. Matura was responsible for Smart’s re-launch after Mercedes-Benz USA took it over in July 2011.

“Leveraging talent is a great way to drive a company’s corporate culture,” said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “We have a really incredible team … and a culture of challenge and continuous learning. I’m expecting that fresh perspectives and new skill-sets will only accelerate the record momentum we’re seeing right now.”

During the first quarter Smart’s sales fell 3% to 2,193 units, while Mercedes’ sales increased 13% to 73,021 units. The automaker is making other changes in its management team including naming Kurt Cornell as general manager of fleet and pre-owned vehicles, Andrew Noye, 41, as general manager of the Southern region, Bob Yeatman, 45, as general manager of the Western region and Blair Creed, 45, as general manager of sales operations.