In preparation for its spin-off from Daimler and its independent listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange planned for late 2021, Daimler Truck is announcing a raft of significant organisational and management changes from 1 July 2021.
The reorganisation will see “more entrepreneurial freedom and greater product development responsibility” given to regional operating units and brands and a new Truck Technology Group created, which will be the central unit for powertrain, vehicle software, electrics/electronics and global purchasing.
The fresh start with Cars & Vans to be separated from Truck & Bus to allow ‘freedom from conglomerate constraints’ as they each go their own ways, will see the new company Daimler Truck (which includes its bus division) listed on the German stock exchange at the end of 2021.
These changes are designed to increase Daimler Truck’s efficiency, decision-making speed and ability to better serve customers’ needs.
Andreas Gorbach, 45, currently CEO of the fuel cell joint venture Cellcentric with Volvo Group will join the Daimler Truck board to lead the Truck Technology Group.
Strengthened entrepreneurial responsibility for the business units in each region
To accelerate the pace of technological development and to better serve the needs of its customers in each region, Daimler Truck AG has decided to realign its business structure. This means that the operating units and brands, which are globally active in the most important sales regions of North America (Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses), Europe & Latin America (Mercedes-Benz Trucks) and Asia (FUSO & BharatBenz), will be given more entrepreneurial independence and room to manoeuvre in the future.
Going forward, decision-making authority and the necessary product development resources will be organized alongside the respective Daimler Truck brands in the regions. This will include the Chief Engineer functions for the entire vehicle development, previously structurally anchored in the central development of Daimler Trucks & Buses, being assigned to the corresponding regions. This is designed allow vehicle brands such as Freightliner in North America, Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe and Latin America, FUSO in Asia to deliver the best possible product and service offering for their customers.
New Board of Management division Truck Technology Group
In light of the megatrends CO2-neutral transport, software and connectivity, Daimler Truck AG has been driving the transformation of the industry for years. The company has focused on developing the right solutions for these trends – be it the world premieres of battery-powered eTrucks in the light, medium and heavy segments, the recently presented hydrogen truck for long-distance travel Mercedes-Benz GenH2 or the autonomous Future Truck 2025.
Given the increased speed towards CO2-neutral transportation and the accelerating development of software and connectivity, Daimler Truck AG is bringing together all essential technology and powertrain activities into one division, the Truck Technology Group (TT).
This will be headed by Dr. Andreas Gorbach (pictured) and a global competence centre for research, development and production for all future powertrain technologies (combustion engine, battery electric and fuel cell) will be created. In addition, TT will be responsible for vehicle software, electrics/ electronics and global purchasing. These changes not only make it possible to economically scale differentiating technologies through broad use in all regions, but also to leverage global synergies.
“The new business structure gives Daimler Trucks & Buses the best of both worlds: Maximum customer proximity and entrepreneurship in our regions and maximum, focused engineering power for future technologies,” said Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck AG.
Martin Daum continues: “Dr. Andreas Gorbach is a proven leader with broad experience in both conventional and zero-emission powertrains. He is the perfect match for the new Truck Technology Group Board of Management position. Andreas Gorbach is currently CEO of the fuel cell joint venture cellcentric with the Volvo Group and has largely contributed to Daimler Truck AG’s success in making hydrogen drive systems ready for series production.”
Sven Ennerst, previously responsible for Development, Purchasing and Region China, will pursue as General Representative China until the end of the year, fully focussed on the company’s success in this important market for Daimler Trucks. Dr. Frank Reintjes, previously responsible for the Global Powertrain division, will accompany the realignment of Daimler Truck AG as a Senior Executive Advisor to the CEO until the end of the year. Both executives will start their well-deserved retirement at the end of the year.
Martin Daum underlines: “I would like to sincerely thank my both esteemed colleagues Sven Ennerst and Frank Reintjes for their extraordinary dedication and contribution to Daimler Truck AG. Over decades, they both shaped significantly their respective areas of responsibility. Frank Reintjes in creating a highly performing global Powertrain entity. Sven Ennerst in creating a global product portfolio with industry leading technology in safety and efficiency. Both have had significant impact on our successes within their respective areas.”
Financial services for Daimler Truck & Bus customers
An additional step towards greater customer orientation is the establishment of a new, company-owned financial services unit for the truck and bus business. The new subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG will provide targeted support for the sales of the world’s largest truck and bus manufacturer with tailor-made financing, leasing and mobility solutions and will strengthen customer relationships.
Colleagues of the future Daimler Truck Financial Services organization will transfer from Daimler Mobility AG to the new company ahead of the planned spin-off and listing and become part of the worldwide Daimler Truck family. The management of this new in-house financial services unit will be taken over by Stephan Unger from July 1st, 2021. In this capacity, Stephan Unger will become a member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG as per that date.
Stephan Unger (54) has been on the Board of Management of Daimler Mobility AG since 2012, previously responsible for Finance & Controlling, Risk Management and Digital Mobility Solutions. His career has taken him through various management positions in Finance & Controlling, including at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Japan, which was then part of DaimlerChrysler AG, and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. In 2020, Stephan Unger additionally took over responsibility for controlling the investments in the area of digital mobility services.
Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck AG: “I am very pleased that we have been able to win Stephan Unger as a board member for the new Daimler Truck Financial Services unit. He encompasses broad international management experience in both the financial services industry and the truck business.
“With an in-house financial services unit, we will have a strong partner at our side in the future who will offer our customers attractive leasing, financing and insurance products and thus optimally complement our market presence. We warmly welcome Stephan Unger and his future team to Daimler Trucks & Buses.”
The Board of Management of the Daimler Truck AG
Daimler Truck CEO Martin Daum leads the company with a Board of Management team “that has all the prerequisites to align for a future independent Daimler Truck” says the business.
Karin Rådström is responsible for the Europe and Latin America regions and the Mercedes-Benz Truck brand.
John O’Leary, as CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, is responsible for the North America region and the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses brands.
Hartmut Schick, as CEO of Daimler Trucks Asia, is responsible for the Asia region and the FUSO and BharatBenz brands.
Dr. Andreas Gorbach will head the Truck Technology Group in future.
Stephan Unger will be responsible on the Board of Management for the future Daimler Truck Financial Services.
Jochen Götz is responsible for Finance and Controlling. Jürgen Hartwig is responsible for Human Resources.