Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG
Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
 
 
Dr. Dieter Zetsche has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since December 16, 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2006. He is also Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division which includes passenger cars of the brands Mercedes-Benz and smart as well as Mercedes-Benz AMG.
Dr. Zetsche was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 5, 1953. After attending school in Frankfurt and obtaining the Abitur (university entrance examination), he studied electrical engineering from 1971 to 1976 at the University of Karlsruhe and graduated as an engineer. He joined the research department of the then Daimler-Benz AG in 1976 and became assistant to the Development Manager in the Commercial Vehicles business unit in 1981.
Dr. Zetsche completed a doctorate in engineering in 1982 at the University of Paderborn. From 1984, as part of the Daimler-Benz Commercial Vehicles Management Development Team, he was responsible for the coordination of international development activities.
Previous positions in the company:
  • Member of the Board of Management, Mercedes Car Group, DaimlerChrysler AG, 2005
  • Member of the Board of Management, CEO and President of the Chrysler Group, 2000
  • Member of the Board of Management, Commercial Vehicle Division, DaimlerChrysler AG, 1999
  • Member of the Board of Management, Sales Division, DaimlerChrysler AG, 1998
  • Member of the Board of Management, Sales Division, Daimler-Benz AG, 1997
  • Member of the Board of Management, Sales Division, Mercedes-Benz AG, 1995
  • Deputy member of the Mercedes-Benz AG Board of Management, Chief Engineer, Development Division in the Passenger Cars Business Unit, 1992
  • President of Freightliner Corp., Portland, Oregon, 1991
  • President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina, 1989
  • Member of Management of Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, 1988
  • Head of the Development Department and Chief Engineer of Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, 1987
  • Senior Manager, Chief Engineer of Cross-Country Vehicle Unit, Daimler-Benz AG, 1986
  • Coordinator, Commercial Vehicle Development Activities, 1984
  • Assistant to Chief Engineer, Commercial Vehicle Division, 1981
  • Research Division, 1976
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