Personnel changes announced at Mercedes-Benz Cars

Feb 4, 2019   People

Mercedes-Benz Cars has announced a slew of changes in their management team.

Effective as on July 1, 2019, Jason Hoff will be the new Head of Quality Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, succeeding Jörg Burzer, who will succeed Markus Schäfer as Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

 

In his new role, he will remain closely associated with all Mercedes-Benz Cars production plants worldwide. Jason Hoff has been Head of SUV/Sports Cars Production and President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) since 2013. Previously, he was responsible for procurement of interior components for the Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class sedan in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his assignment in Germany, he held various management positions at MBUSI, including Vice President Logistics and Head of Assembly and Procurement.

 

Michael Göbel will be the new Head of SUV/Sports Cars Production and President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI), the US production plant of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Tuscaloosa/Alabama, effective July 1, 2019. Thus Göbel returns to his former place of work: At the beginning of 2008, he was the Head of Planning at the Tuscaloosa plant.

 

Göbel began his career at Daimler in 1990 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim and moved to Rastatt in 1994. From 1998 to 2007, Michael Göbel held various management positions in production, planning and logistics at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, Germany, most recently as Head of Assembly.

 

In mid-2014 Michael Göbel took over the management of the global compact car production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. As President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI), Michael Göbel will be responsible for the operations of the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama. At the same time, he is the local representative of Daimler and thus the face of the company in the region. In his new position, he will continue to develop the Tuscaloosa site and make it fit for the future, leveraging his many years of production and management experience.

 

Elke Pußkeiler will become Head the global Compact Car production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, effective on July 1, 2019. Since May 2014, Elke Pußkeiler has been Centre Manager for Program-, Capacity Planning and Methods at Mercedes-Benz Cars. She also manages the establishment of the new centre.

 

In her new function, she succeeds Michael Göbel. She began her career at Daimler in 1992, as product controller at the Sindelfingen plant, in Germany. This was followed by various management positions in project and controlling before she moved to production in 2005. Two years later, she took over the management of program planning and production control at the Sindelfingen plant and subsequently headed seat production and final engine assembly.

 

Florian Hohenwarter, currently Centre Manager for Production Precomponents Casting/Forging & Chassis within the powertrain production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, will become Head of Production S-, E-and C-Class Mercedes-Benz Cars, effective April 1, 2019.

 

After his electrical engineering studies in 1999, Florian Hohenwarter started his career as a quality engineer at Daimler, and moved to procurement in 2001 for various functions. He subsequently took over the management of the Quality Engineering Centre in combination with the supplier recourse Mercedes-Benz Cars, in 2008. From 2011 on, he was responsible for the BBAC (Beijing Benz Automotive Company) localisation project lead and afterwards the person in charge for the development of the GRC platform management, at the Beijing site. From 2013, he led the plant logistics BBAC in China.

 

In the end of 2015, Florian Hohenwarter returned to Sindelfingen to take full responsibility for the supply chain of the S- and E-class. He has been managing the production network for cast – and forged components and axles at the main locations Mettingen (Germany), Maribor (Slovenia) and Most (Czechia), since 2018.

 

“I am delighted that we were able to win Elke Pußkeiler, Michael Göbel, Jason Hoff and Florian Hohenwarter for these demanding tasks of our highly flexible organisation Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations. I would like to welcome them in their new functions and wish them much success in the future functions,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

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