Bernhard to rejoin Daimler as head of van unit
FEBRUARY 10, 2009 - 11:31 AM ET
MUNICH -- Wolfgang Bernhard will return to Daimler AG to head the company's Mercedes-Benz Vans unit, Daimler said today.
In a statement announcing Bernhard's appointment, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said: "I have valued his knowledge and experience since the time we spent together in the United States."
Bernhard, 48, is a former chief operating officer at Chrysler group and head of Volkswagen brand. A German native, he was a top executive at Daimler between 1994 and 2004.
Earlier this year, Bernhard was working as an outside adviser to Canadian supplier Magna International Inc., which prompted speculation that Magna would make a bid to acquire Chrysler.
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The father of the Chrysler Tomahawk and the Volkswagen Touran rejoins his alma matter through the back door. We wish him luck . . . he is a real car guy.