Andreas Renschler, Mercedes-Benz operations chief and candidate to become parent Daimler AG’s chief executive officer, quit suddenly, one year after swapping jobs with the other leading contender to succeed Dieter Zetsche.
Daimler AG extended Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche’s term and named manufacturing manager Wolfgang Bernhard to run the truck unit in a possible step to the top job at the world’s third-biggest luxury-car maker.
Daimler AG Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche in early 2013 had to face down critics to hang onto his job. A year later, his strategy is gaining traction, with Mercedes-Benz closing the gap with bigger German rivals.
Daimler AG nominated former Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Bernd Pischetsrieder to the luxury-car producer’s supervisory board as VW hired a previous Daimler manager to run heavy-truck operations.
German factory orders unexpectedly declined for a second month in May in a sign that the euro area’s struggle to emerge from its longest-ever recession is disrupting the recovery in Europe’s largest economy.