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3. Ola Kaellenius

Age 53
Occupation Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
Nationality Swedish
Position Last Year 2

Ola Kaellenius was born on June 11, 1969 in Vastervik, Sweden. He finished his military service in the Swedish Army in 1988–1989 after attending school and receiving his Abitur at the Danderyd Grammar School (Sweden). He attended the Stockholm School of Economics (Master in Finance and Accounting) and the University of St. Gallen from 1989 to 1993, receiving his CEMS degree (Master of International Management).

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As a trainee in the International Management Associate Program, he joined Daimler-Benz AG in 1993. In 1995, Kaellenius led a team and, later, a department at the Corporate Controlling unit of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. in Tuscaloosa, USA. In 2000, after moving back to Stuttgart, he was appointed head of purchasing for Mercedes-Benz Cars Engine Emission Management. He was named Director of Project Alliance at Mercedes-Benz Cars Procurement in 2001. He assumed the role of Director of Procurement for Mercedes-Benz Cars Powertrain in 2002.

In 2003, Kaellenius became the Executive Director of Operations at McLaren Automotive Ltd. in Woking, England. He also spent the next part of his career in the United Kingdom. In 2005, he was named Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd. in Brixworth.

In 2009, Kaellenius served as the Vice President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States. In 2010, he returned to Germany to work at Mercedes-AMG GmbH in Affalterbach as vice president and managing director. He was appointed group president of Mercedes-Benz Cars in 2013 and was in charge of marketing and sales.

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Kaellenius joined the Daimler Board of Management on January 1, 2015. He was in charge of Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales for two years. He took over the division responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Car Development in 2017. Ola Kaellenius was appointed chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG, which is now Mercedes-Benz Group AG, on May 22, 2019.

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