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March 19, 2010

GERMANY: AMG chief to head Mercedes-Benz vans

Volker Mornhinweg, currently managing director of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, will take over as head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division from 1 April, replacing Wolfgang Bernhard, who was named to parent Daimler's management board last month, the automaker announced on Friday (19 March).

Volker Mornhinweg, currently managing director of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, will take over as head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division from 1 April, replacing Wolfgang Bernhard, who was named to parent Daimler’s management board last month, the automaker announced on Friday (19 March).

In his new position, Mornhinweg will report to Bernhard.

Mornhinweg, an engineer, has worked for Mercedes in advanced prototyping, product preparation and product planning. Before taking over as managing director of Mercedes-AMG, he was plant manager in Berlin and subsquently head of executive management development for the group.

Ola Kaellenius, most recently manager of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa (USA), will take over from Mornhinweg as managing director of Mercedes-Benz AMG, also from 1 April.

Kaellenius previously was head of Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth, England, and worked at McLaren Automotive. He has also worked, in Stuttgart, as senior manager in engine and exhaust management, among other positions.

Sweden-born Kaellenius started his career with the former DaimlerChrysler at Tuscaloosa in the planning and reporting division.

His successor will be announced soon.

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