Former Chrysler Exec Joins Daimler

Wolfgang Bernhard, who worked for Chrysler when it was part of DaimlerChrysler AG, will rejoin Daimler AG in April to oversee its Mercedes-Benz vans unit.

BERLIN (AP) -- Wolfgang Bernhard, who worked for Chrysler when it was part of DaimlerChrysler AG, will rejoin Daimler AG in April to oversee its Mercedes-Benz vans unit.

Bernhard, 48, left then-DaimlerChrysler in 2004 and joined Volkswagen AG where he stayed until 2007. Daimler sold off its 80.1 percent stake to Cerberus Capital Management in 2007.

Bernhard is also a former adviser to Cerberus.

Bernhard will replace Wilfried Porth, 50, who is taking over the position of Daimler's board member responsible for human resources and labor relations from Guenther Flieg, 60.

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche, who worked with Bernhard at Chrysler, said the return left him delighted.

"I have valued his knowledge and experience since the time we spent together in the United States, and I'm glad we can continue our excellent collaboration," he said in a statement. Bernhard will report directly to Zetsche.

The Stuttgart-based automaker's Mercedes-Benz vans unit produces some 288,000 vehicles each year and employs 16,000 workers at nine different sites.

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