Markus Schaefer will be the new President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI), effective July 1, 2010. He will succeed Ola Kaellenius who became the new managing director of Mercedes-Benz AMG GmbH.

Mr. Schaefer has 20 years experience with Daimler AG. He served as Director of Strategy for Production for Mercedes-Benz Cars from 2007 – 2010. Immediately prior to that role, he spent five years as Vice President of Engineering for MBUSI.

Mr. Schaefer joined Daimler in 1990 when he entered a trainee program at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. He served as Operations Engineer, Planning Engineer and Production Officer at the Sindelfingen plant before becoming Head of Planning, Passenger Cars Overseas Projects for Mercedes-Benz Cars. He also served as Plant Manager of Egyptian German Automotive in Cairo, Egypt.

About MBUSI: Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) began production at the Alabama plant in 1997 with the introduction of the M-Class. MBUSI currently has approximately 3,000 Team Members and builds the M-, R- and GL-Class for all global markets.

Source: Daimler AG