Jürgen Schrempp completed a motor mechanic apprenticeship at Daimler-Benz, and then studied engineering in Offenburg, returning to Daimler-Benz AG in 1967.
After various posts at group headquarters, he handled executive duties at the Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz of South Africa from 1974 to 1980. He was then appointed to the Board of Management and was responsible there for technical development. From 1982 to 1984, he successfully revitalised the US commercial vehicle subsidiary Euclid Trucks, and afterwards returned to South Africa. There, he took over the chairmanship of the Board of Management in 1985. Two years later, he was appointed to the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG as deputy member; from 1989 to 1995, he was full member and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG. In 1995, Jürgen Schrempp succeeded Edzard Reuter as Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG. In contrast to his predecessor, Schrempp again made the automotive business the focus of the company. The merger with Chrysler to form DaimlerChrysler AG took place under his direction in 1998. On 28 July 2005, Jürgen Schrempp unexpectedly announced his decision to step down. His successor was Dieter Zetsche.