May 24, 2019 4:30 p.m.
Updated May 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
The German automotive consortium Daimler, which operates the Mercedes Benz and Smart brands, bid farewell to its president, Dieter Zetsche, who retired after 13 years. In his place will be Ola Källenius, the first non-German in the entire history of the company, according to ABC information.
Källenius will also be responsible for the division of Mercedes-Benz Cars for five years. Previously he was in charge of group research.
Zetsche will not separate completely from the company, but will be a member of the supervisory board and will chair the meeting in two years.
The curious thing is that the company competitor, BMW, gave him a farewell on social networks. For the post they use a double of Zetsche, with his characteristic mustache aboard a BMW i8 and with the motto "Finally free". They write "Thank you, Dieter Zetsche, for so many years of inspiring competition."
– BMW (@BMW) May 22, 2019