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Daimler names Reiss to head its biggest car plant

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Daimler names Reiss to head its biggest car plant

David Jolley

Automotive News Europe -- December 17, 2010 14:31 CET

Willi Reiss began his career at Daimler in 1987 at the plant he will soon run.

FRANKFURT -- Veteran Daimler AG executive Willi Reiss will take charge of the company's biggest car assembly plant, the automaker announced Thursday. Reiss will succeed Eberhard Haller as boss of the factory in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart, on Jan. 1. Haller is retiring after nearly 30 years with the company.

Reiss began his career in Sindelfingen in 1987, working first in the company's cost planning department, before leading body shop operations in 2006.

Considered well experienced in areas of production, he has a broad knowledge along the whole value chain of automotive manufacturing, Daimler said in a statement.

Company 'strengthened' under Haller

Haller, who has been head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen for seven years, had a career spanning 30 years with the automaker.

In a statement, the company said that the plant had been further strengthened under Haller's management as a center of competence for Mercedes-Benz's vehicles in the luxury segment. This was due, among other things, to the successful integration of new products such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and SLS AMG during his management.

The plant was honored in 2008 and 2010 for excellence in quality from J.D. Power. In 2009, quality management for the C class in Sindelfingen won the title of “Factory of the Year.”

Haller began his career with Daimler in 1983 working in several planning and management positions before taking up his role at the Sindelfingen plant.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101217/ANE/101219849/1193#ixzz18P8VpIFf

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