Daimler CEO under fire for dual role, Bernhard a potential candidate to head Mercedes-Benz

Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche is coming under fire from the supervisory board due to his dual leadership as group CEO and head of the Mercedes-Benz unit.

“The double role is unacceptable as a long-term solution,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted a member saying. The member also said that the 2010 operating margin target given by Zetsche for the Mercedes unit was “totally unsatisfactory.” He said that Mercedes should have a separate head.

The paper also mentioned Wolfang Bernhard, who recently rejoined Mercedes-Benz head of production, as a potential candidate to lead Mercedes. Bernhard was to become the head of Mercedes-Benz in 2004 before union opposition to his appointment.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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