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Mercedes-Benz Trucks boss steps down

Long time Daimler Board of Management member and the Head of Mercedes-Benz trucks has announced his retirement.

Stefan Buchner, 60, will retire 30 September, 2020, after 35 years in a variety of management positions including Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide for the last seven years.

He cited the successful premiere of the new Actros at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in 2018 as a career highlight.

"We at Mercedes-Benz Trucks have achieved a lot in recent years, but there is still a lot to do. The latest structural measures have laid the foundation stone," he said.

Buchner joined the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG since November 2019 and has been responsible for Mercedes-Benz Trucks Region Europe and Latin America since 2013.

After an apprenticeship as a communications equipment mechanic with German Federal Railways, Buchner studied industrial engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

Since 1986, he has held various management positions at Daimler-Benz AG in the areas of procurement and strategy.

He gained International experience as Head of Global Procurement and Supply at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Japan. Upon his return to Germany, he was made Head of Procurement Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.

From 2010 he was also responsible for Global Powertrain (worldwide production of major components) and Production Planning.

"As a longstanding Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Trucks, Stefan Buchner has made significant contributions to the successful development of our company,"said Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG.

"This includes the creation of a worldwide organisation for the powertrain of our trucks, which is so important for our competitive advantage, as well as important structural and strategic changes at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. On behalf of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Stefan Buchner very much for his many years of service to our company. We wish him all the best for his time after Daimler," he said.

Buchner will remain with Daimler up until the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, a pivotal trade show for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, allowing for sufficient time to arrange an orderly transition.

(Image: Stefan Buchner).

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