Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the ESMT Foundation Board of Trustees
Dr. Dieter Zetsche was a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG from 1998 to 2019 in addition to being chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars from 2006 to 2019. Prior to this, he held various positions in the company, including president of Mercedes-Benz Argentina (1989), president of Freightliner Corp. (1991), member of the board of management with responsibility for commercial vehicles (1999), and CEO of the Chrysler Group (2000). Zetsche was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After attending school in Frankfurt, he studied electrical engineering from 1971 to 1976 at the University of Karlsruhe and graduated as an engineer. He joined the research department of what was then Daimler-Benz AG in 1976. Zetsche completed a doctorate in engineering in 1982 at the University of Paderborn.