Freightliner CEO moving to Mercedes

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Freightliner’s president and CEO, Rainer Schmueckle, will become CEO of the Mercedes Car Group effective April 15, DaimlerChrysler announced April 2.

The new president and CEO at Freightliner will be Chris Patterson, previously the truck maker’s senior vice president for service and parts.

Based in Portland, Ore., Freightliner is a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, as is Mercedes.

Patterson also will take over Schmueckle’s title as head of Business Unit Trucks NAFTA, which includes all of DaimlerChrysler’s heavy-truck holdings in North America – Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star – as well as Thomas Built Buses.