Daimler board names new head of trucks and buses

The supervisory board of Daimler AG has appointed Martin Daum as the member of the board responsible for its commercial vehicles, effective March

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, and now the board member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.
Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, and now the board member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.

The supervisory board of Daimler AG has appointed Martin Daum as the member of the board responsible for the Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses divisions for a period of five years, effective 1 March, 2017.

Daum succeeds in this position to Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, who is leaving the company of his own volition and for personal reasons.

Chairman of the board Dr Manfred Bischoff said: “With Martin Daum, we are appointing a very successful and experienced executive to the board of management as head of the Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses divisions.

“He looks back on 20 years of experience in the industry and knows the cyclical commercial-vehicle business from all perspectives.”

Since June 2009, Daum has been president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and its affiliated companies Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation.

The commercial-vehicle business in the US and in the NAFTA region has developed highly successfully under the Daum’s leadership and today is of significant importance to the Daimler Group.

Before that, he was vice president for the production of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe, and at the same time was responsible for the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, the world’s biggest truck plant.

Daum started his career in the trainee executive group of the Daimler-Benz AG in 1987.

Dr Bischoff added: “We are convinced that he will successfully meet the upcoming challenges in the next years, continue along the successful path of Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses and further strengthen their worldwide leading positions.”

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