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Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In its meeting today, the Daimler Supervisory Board appointed
Hubertus Troska (52) as the member of the Board of Management for the newly created position of "
December 13, 2012 until
December 31, 2015. Troska will thus be CEO and Chairman of Daimler Northeast Asia and responsible for all of Daimler's strategic and operating activities in
China. In the same meeting, the Supervisory Board also extended the contract of
Andreas Renschler (54), Member of the Daimler Board of Management with responsibility for Daimler Trucks, until
September 30, 2018. The appointment of
Hubertus Troska expands the Daimler Board of Management to eight members.
China has developed into the world's biggest market for motor vehicles. With the decision to establish a Board of Management position specifically for this market, we are underscoring the strategic importance of
China for Daimler. We continue to see great potential there for sustained growth and the continuous expansion of our business activities.
Hubertus Troska has gained a wide range of experience over many years at Daimler, in the areas of both commercial vehicles and cars. He will help us to achieve the goals we have set in
China," stated Dr.
Manfred Bischoff, Chairman of the Daimler Supervisory Board.
"At the same time, we are pleased that
Andreas Renschler, a highly experienced executive, will continue to be the head of Daimler Trucks. He will steadily implement the division's strategy in collaboration with the Supervisory Board so that the goals that have been set are achieved," continued Dr.
Ulrich Walker (61), Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia, will retire after serving the Daimler Group for almost 30 years, six of which were spent in
China. In a transitional phase, he will support
Hubertus Troska with his extensive knowledge and experience of
"On behalf of the entire Board of Management, I wholeheartedly thank
Ulrich Walker for his commitment and his contribution to the success of Daimler's business in
China during the past six years. We have achieved a lot under his leadership: Meanwhile, no western automotive manufacturer is as broadly positioned as Daimler in the world's biggest vehicle market – from cars to vans to trucks and financial services. With the new '
China' Board of Management position, we will ensure that all aspects of this dynamic market are dealt with directly in the Board of Management team, and we have found the right man for this task," stated Dr.
Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Hubertus TroskaHubertus Troska was born on
March 25, 1960 in
Bilbao, Spain. After studying business administration and English and Spanish literature in
Wales, he first spent four years at an international construction company. In 1988, he came to the then Daimler-Benz AG. He started his career in the sales department of the corporate headquarters in
Stuttgart and later assumed various managing positions in
the United States for the Trucks division. In 1997, he was appointed as a member of the management of Mercedes-Benz Turk AS in
Turkey, and was made head of product marketing in the sales department of the then Mercedes Car Group in the year 2000. From 2003 until
March 2005, he was the chief executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH in Affalterbach. Since
April 2005, he has been in charge of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks (
Latin America) business unit of Daimler Trucks.
Andreas RenschlerAndreas Renschler's Board of Management contract was due to expire on
September 30, 2013. Pursuant to Section 84 Subsection 1 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG), the Supervisory Board decides on a reappointment at the beginning of the last year of a period of office.
Andreas Renschler has been a member of Daimler's Board of Management and Head of Daimler Trucks since
October 1, 2004. He was born on
March 29, 1958 in
Stuttgart. After school, he began studying industrial engineering and management at the Esslingen Polytechnic in 1979, graduating in 1983. From 1984 until 1987, he studied at Eberhard-Karls University in Tubingen, gaining a degree in business administration. In 1988, Renschler joined the Organization and IT department of the then Daimler-Benz AG.
Overview: Daimler in ChinaDaimler Northeast Asia is based in
Beijing and includes Mercedes-Benz (
China) Ltd, Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance Ltd, Daimler Northeast Asia Parts Trading & Services Co., Ltd., the joint ventures Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (BFDA), Fujian Benz Automotive Corporation (FBAC) and Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd., as well as sales companies in
South Korea and
Local production of
Mercedes-Benz cars began with the predecessor series of the E-Class in the BBAC 50/50 joint venture in 2006; the second C-Class series followed in 2008. BBAC has been producing the current E-Class in a long-wheelbase version tailored specifically for the demands of the Chinese market since
May 2010; the first locally produced GLK rolled off the production line in
On the sales side, Mercedes-Benz Cars is represented in
China with its complete product portfolio; almost 200,000 vehicles were sold in the year 2011. The sales network comprised approximately 200 dealers in 2011 and about 50 more will be added this year. The brand is increasingly present also outside the Tier 1 cities.
China is already the fifth-largest sales market for
Mercedes-Benz trucks. With a market share of more than 50% in the premium segment, Mercedes-Benz Trucks lead the market above all in the heavy-duty segment. In addition, Daimler is developing the volume segment of the world's biggest market for commercial vehicles in a joint venture with Foton-Motor, a Chinese truck manufacturer. Since mid-2012, the jointly produced medium and heavy trucks of the
Auman brand have also been rolling off the production line in Beijing-Huairou.
In addition, Daimler has been producing
Mercedes-Benz vans for the Chinese market since
April 2010 in the Fujian Benz Automotive Corporation joint venture.
Daimler Financial Services has been providing automotive financing in
China through Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance China since 2009. And together with BYD, Daimler has initiated the joint venture Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd to develop an electric vehicle for the Chinese market. This joint venture was officially approved in
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