Stuttgart - Effective March 1, 2008, Detlef Barthelmes, 43, has been appointed Director Sales and Marketing for Maybach and SLR at Mercedes-Benz Cars. He will be taking over this position from Klaus Nesser, 40, who is voluntarily leaving the Group after working for 12 years in various business units. Nesser will be moving abroad and taking on new professional responsibilities there.
Barthelmes began his career at Daimler-Benz in 1986 as part of his studies at the Professional Academy in Stuttgart. Since that time he has filled a number of management positions in the Group's sales and aftersales business. Since September 2000, Barthelmes has been head of product management for the Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK-Class. In this function, he was already head of product management for the SLR in the year the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was launched on the market.
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