Friday, December 16, 2011

Mercedes-Benz USA Appoints American as New CEO

Mercedes-Benz USA has appointed Steve Cannon to the position of CEO, a title held by an American for only the second time in the company's long history. Cannon replaces former CEO Ernst Lieb who was Blitzkrieged from his post last month after it was alleged that he used company funds for personal enrichment. Cannon formerly held the post of Marketing Chief and replaces interim CEO Herbert Werner who stepped in until Lieb's replacement could be found.

Cannon, a former US Army Airborne Ranger who was stationed for three years in Germany, first joined Mercedes-Benz in 1991 as an Assistant to the President & CEO of North America. He also relocated to Stuttgart and played a pivotal role in the development of the class-creating ML, the first SUV made for and in the United States. He will head up Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, Sprinter vans, Maybach and Smart cars in the US market when official duties commence on January 1, 2012.

And here's his Glamor Shot from the mall in case you're wondering what an American Army Ranger running a German luxury automobile company looks like.

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