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The right-hand man of the Mercedes boss, Ola Källenius, is promoted to head of the tuning brand AMG.

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vienna Stuttgart luxury car manufacturer Mercedes Benz is reorganizing its management team below the Executive Board in key areas. The most important personnel: Michael Schiebe will be the new CEO of the tuning subsidiary AMG on March 1. The manager currently serves as CEO’s “Chief of Staff” Ola Källenius and therefore is your most important employee. Internal speculation about his promotion has been going on for months.

Schiebe succeeds Philipp Schiemer, who will instead take care of the brand’s high-end clients with the star in a newly created role. With AMG, Schiebe will manage an absolute “cash cow” in the future Mercedes. The Affalterbach (Baden-Württemberg)-based company only develops the GT series and thus a few sports cars itself, yet the performance brand equips more than 100,000 series vehicles every year. Mercedes with particularly powerful engines. The business is extremely lucrative.

The so-called AMG line is even more profitable. This involves a number of visual changes, such as bright radiator grilles that Mercedes customers can book as optional extras. In general, AMG relies on margin Porschethat is, a return on sales of up to 19 percent.

Mercedes doesn’t just change direction at AMG

With the position, Schiebe will also become head of the so-called TEV Group. This stands for “Top End Vehicle”, which at Mercedes includes not only models from AMG, but also the G-Class and brands from the luxury brand Maybach.

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Schiebe has been one of the biggest hopes for the future of the Dax group for years. The manager has been there since 2004 and was, among other things, Head of Sales for Mercedes in Germany. Now promote it kallenius to Level 1 (E1), which includes only five to six dozen top managers.

The Swede is rejuvenating his team below the board in many other areas. Wolf-Dieter Kurz, the highly respected head of product strategy and thus in charge of a portfolio of more than 40 series, will soon retire. He is followed by another newcomer, Oliver Thöne.

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Thöne has had a rocky career in recent years. The Handelsblatt only listed him as one of the top 30 talents in German business at the end of the year.. The 38-year-old is currently in charge of production planning at Mercedes and shortly before that he was manager of strategic projects for the most important series, the S-Class.

Thöne will be succeeded in the summer by Arno van der Merwe, currently chief executive of Beijing Benz Automotive, a joint venture between Mercedes and China’s state-owned BAIC. Jörg Bartels takes over in Beijing. Bartels is currently dealing with the integration of all vehicles in passenger car development in Sindelfingen.

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Bartels will be succeeded on July 1 by Christoph Starzynski, who until now has been responsible for the development of purely electric models such as EQS and electric drives. Torsten Eder, Head of Powertrain Development, will also take over from Starzynski.

Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS at CES

The tuning department of the Dax group is considered particularly profitable.

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Katrin Lehmann is new to Mercedes. In the future, the manager will head the “IT Research and Development” department. Lehmann currently works for the software giant SAP. There he leads a team of more than 3,500 software developers in the area of ​​innovation and customer maintenance.

With Florian Hohenwarter, Mercedes also has a game to mourn. At the end of March, the head of production in Europe and Africa will hand over to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann as director of operations.

“The success of Mercedes-Benz is above all one thing: a team effort,” Källenius commented on the personnel change. “Some of those who have been instrumental in this for many years are now beginning a new stage in their lives – entering well-deserved retirement or pursuing careers outside of the company.”

At the same time, the CEO looks forward to working with “top executives who are new to the Mercedes-Benz family or taking on new responsibilities in key appointed positions with us.”

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