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Klaus Maier to leave Mercedes-Benz China and Nicholas Speeks succeeds

BEIJING – Klaus Maier, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz China Automotive Sales Co., Ltd. (Mercedes-Benz China), will complete his tenure on December 1, and Nicholas Speeks, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Japan, will succeed Maier’s post and lead sales of Mercedes-Benz brand in China, according to German media reports.

Maier will return to Stuttgart, Germany for another post. Maier was appointed marketing and sales director of Mercedes-Benz in 2005 and he led the “Young Mercedes-Benz” campaign and recombined Mercedes-Benz’s international sales network. Maier became Mercedes-Benz China’s president and CEO in 2006.

Speeks joined Daimler AG in 1979 and had held many sales managing posts at Mercedes-Benz’s headquarter and oversea companies. He had been in charge of sales in the Middle East and Mediterranean region for Daimler AG prior to Japan and started to supervise the Japanese market for Daimler in 2010.

At present, Mercedes-Benz has 223 dealerships across 100 cities in China. According to Daimler, Mercedes-Benz sold 16,806 vehicles with a 10 percent year-on-year rise in September. But cumulative sales in the first eight months were only up 6.7 percent to 144,530 vehicles.

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