Daimler had to win over labor leaders to get Zetsche’s contract approved last February, and works council members of the supervisory board pushed through the job swap between Bernhard and Renschler as part of the deal in order to work directly with Renschler on the car unit’s reorganization, a person familiar said at the time.
There had been growing concern at the works council over a lack of input from labor leaders on the cost-cutting measures at the car division, the person said. Solutions to restructure the trucks unit under Renschler had always been found through negotiations between the company and labor representatives, the person said.
"We very much regret the resignation of Andreas Renschler," Silke Ernst, a spokeswoman for Daimler’s works council, said.
Markus Schaefer, 48, currently responsible for production planning at Mercedes, will assume Renschler’s duties, Daimler said in last night’s statement.
Bernhard, 53, last year took charge of the Daimler truck division that includes the Freightliner commercial-vehicle brand in the U.S. and Fuso in Japan, in addition to Mercedes-Benz heavy vehicles built in Europe and Brazil. He returned to Daimler in 2009 after a five-year absence that included a stint at VW, and took the Mercedes car division’s production post in 2010.
Zetsche and his predecessor Juergen Schrempp both worked in the commercial-vehicles division before becoming CEO.
"With Renschler gone, there’s one candidate less to succeed Zetsche as CEO," said Frank Schwope, a Hanover, Germany-based analyst with NordLB. "Bernhard is not the only remaining option. Bernhard has not always been uncontroversial and there’s the powerful bloc of employee representative to consider."
As part of the Daimler Trucks division, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been a hallmark of premium quality for over 100 years now. It stands not only for reliability and economic efficiency, but also for...
Daimler AG (DAI) extended Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche's term and named manufacturing manager Wolfgang Bernhard to run the truck unit in a possible step to the top job at the world's...
Company sets market objectives
In North America