Originally Posted by DaimlerChrysler
Zetsche is CEO of BOTH DaimlerChrysler and Mercedes-Benz.
Rumor has it that I still won't get a free SL for towing the company line, but since we're getting new leadership, why not give it a try? Ernst Lieb will head up Mercedes-Benz USA beginning September 1.
Lieb is 51, and currently runs DaimlerChrysler Australia/Pacific. He replaces Paul Halata. Halata is a 33-year Mercedes Benz employee and has been leading the US sales arm since 1999. Unlike heads of lessor marques, Halata, who is 55, will retire. I mean really, once you've been to the top, where else would one go?
U.S. sales of Mercedes Benz automobiles grew under Halata; from 189,437 in 1999 to 224,269 in 2005.
This is the second time Lieb has followed Halata into a job. Lieb took over Mercedes-Benz of Canada in 1985, when Halata was transferred to Europe.
Ernst, if you're reading this, and you really can't GIVE me the car, how about a very long term review? That might be even better. No taxes.