FRANKFURT Feb 27 Daimler will pick a
new head for its truck operations in the coming days, sources
close to the matter said, as the manufacturer aims to avoid a
lengthy search for a successor to departed chief Wolfgang
Bernhard, once seen as a candidate to succeed Daimler Chief
Executive Diete Zetsche, stepped down a year before his contract
was due to expire, the carmaker said this month.
Stuttgart-based Daimler aims to decide on a successor to
Bernhard before auto executives start gathering in Geneva next
Monday for the city's annual auto show, one of the sources said.
The succession void left by the departure of Bernhard, who
started working at Daimler in 1994 and moved through the ranks
to top management, will be resolved soon, a second source said.
Daimler declined to comment.
Industry publication Automobilwoche reported earlier on
Monday that Daimler's supervisory board would appoint a new head
of trucks operations this week. It named Hubertus Troska, head
of Daimler's China business, vans chief Volker Mornhinweg and
Marc Llistosella, leader of truck operations in Asia, as the
most promising candidates.
(Reporting by Edward Taylor and Ilona Wissenbach; Writing by
Andreas Cremer; Editing by David Goodman)