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Daimler announces leadership change

The Daimler Group has announced that there will be a new General Manager for commercial vehicle connectivity service provider, Fleetboard, who will also assume a digital solutions role at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, effective 1 January 2018.

Volker Hansen will become the new Fleetboard General Manager and Mercedes-Benz Trucks Head of Digital Solutions & Services. According to Daimler, responsibility for both areas was previously held by Dr Daniela Markotten, who moved on to become General Manager of urban mobility company, moovel, on 1 November 2017.

Since 2014, as part of the corporate Connected Autonomous Shared & Service Electric Drive (CASE) activities, Volker Hansen has been responsible for the development of electric powertrains at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

"I am very pleased that in Volker Hansen, we have gained an experienced and ideally suitable colleague for digital and connected services in the truck sector,” said Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Stefan Buchner. “These activities are a central component of the business system and success of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Volker Hansen and his team will effectively expand the innovative Fleetboard products and digital services for our customers.”

Volker Hansen began his career at Daimler in Berlin in 1995. After various positions in Germany and abroad, he became responsible for the innovation strategy and project portfolio for research and predevelopment at Mercedes-Benz Cars from 2004. Between 2006 and 2011 he was Head of Innovation Strategy and Key Account Research and Development at Mercedes-Benz Cars. From 2011 to 2014 he was responsible for strategic project management for the localisation of the Vito in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Latin America regions.

Since 2003, Fleetboard has combined experience from the logistics and commercial vehicle sectors with connectivity and digitisation where its core business has been digital telematics for commercial vehicles.

“Since the initial market launch in 2000, some 220,000 vehicles operated by more than 7,000 customers worldwide have been fitted with Fleetboard facilities,” Daimler has said in a statement.

“The aim of Fleetboard is not only to constantly improve existing products for the logistics sector, but also to develop completely new solutions quickly and effectively.

“Today Fleetboard records a wealth of vehicle status, tour and position data, and sends it by mobile phone to the relevant company. Fleetboard offers a comprehensive range of modularly designed services relating to fleet, order and driver management, which customers can combine according to their specific needs.

"The aim is to support the logistics processes as far as possible with digital solutions and to increase the profitability of all the protagonists within the logistic industry.”

(Image: Volker Hansen.)

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