Wolfgang Bernhard, head of manufacturing and purchasing for Mercedes-Benz Cars and the company’s vans division, has had his contract extended to February 2018 by Daimler’s supervisory board. 

Bernhard is seen as a possible successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche; his contract was due to expire next February. He has been on Daimler’s board since 2010. 

Chairman Manfred Bischoff said that “management continuity is important for the ongoing consistent implementation of the division’s strategy and for the achievement of our corporate goals”.