According to a report coming from German Bilanz magazine, Daimler plans to have the Mercedes sales leader appointed to the parent company’s management board as it sets out to begin the search for chief executive Dieter Zetsche’s successor.
So far the report should be taken with a healthy dose of salt, as the German magazine Bilanz did not reveal the source of the information. Nevertheless, it’s only logical that Daimler has started searching for suitable candidates for Zetsche’s replacement, as they need to be “groomed” in the years that remain from the latter’s contract. The magazine reported that Kaellenius, 45, might be nominated to Daimler’s management seat by the supervisory board as early as January.
Stuttgart-based Daimler has been without a member on its management board – normally there are eight persons there – for almost a year, after the hasty departure of Andreas Renschler, that left his post as chief of Mercedes production. Bilanz added that currently Chairman Manfred Bischoff is aiming for a strategy that would infuse some “young blood” into the automaker’s management board. It also gives plenty of time to prepare the eventual successor to Zetsche’s post, as Daimler’s supervisory board in 2013 decided to extend his contract with the luxury car and truck maker for another three years, until December 31, 2016.