Daimlerchrysler Services North America has announced the appointment of several key executives.

Paul Knauss is appointed vice president – Chrysler Financial, reporting to Juergen Walker, president and CEO, DaimlerChrysler Services North America.

Knauss is now responsible for all of the activities in North America and Canada plus DaimlerChrysler Insurance Company.

Knauss replaces Thomas McAlear who is retiring “in order to pursue other opportunities”.

Mark Manzo, formerly vice president – Chrysler brands marketing, will replace Knauss as vice president – customer service reporting to Walker.

Manzo will be responsible for organizational strategy development and operations for collections, customer service, vehicle remarketing and credit card.

Dietmar Exler is appointed vice president – Chrysler brands marketing reporting to Knauss. Exler is responsible for the marketing activities of the Chrysler Financial brand. In his previous position, Exler served as senior manager – operations programme management.

Martin Geers is appointed to the newly created position of vice president – communications and corporate marketing reporting to Walker. He will oversee the entire operations in communications, public relations, event marketing and marketing communications.

Geers previously was head of international communications and public relations for the Chrysler Group in Auburn Hills and has been with DaimlerChrysler since 1985.