German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as CEO and Executive Director Manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). Arno van der Merwe, currently in this position, will start a new chapter in his career as President and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). Both these appointments are effective 1 April 2017.
Van der Merwe succeeds Peter Schabert, who retires after 31 years at Daimler AG. Schabert has been President and CEO of BBAC since August 2015. “It is an honour to have been entrusted with such an important role. The leadership team at BBAC has created an excellent foundation for growth and I am excited to be part of this ongoing journey of collaboration and teamwork,” says Van der Merwe.
Engling has been with the Daimler organisation for more than 30 years. He is currently Head of Engine Production for Daimler's Untertu?rkheim plant in Germany and was previously in the position of CEO of MDC Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. Before this he held various positions in the company. “I am excited about this new opportunity to lead the East London plant further on its path of quality and productivity excellence. I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders of the larger Mercedes-Benz South Africa group of companies and building on the rich heritage of the company of more than 65 years in the country.”