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 and Mercedes-Benz McLaren.
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