July 21, 2021 – A successful era is coming to an end at Daimler AG. After 13 years on the Board of Management and 37 years at the company, Wilfried Porth is stepping down from his position in December 2021. This is at his own request at a time of realignment for Daimler AG with the planned spin-off of Daimler Truck. In connection with Wilfried Porth’s departure, the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG today appointed Sabine Kohleisen (57) as his successor as Board of Management Member for Human Resources and Director of Labour Relations.
I would like to thank Wilfried Porth for his outstanding work over the past years. He has shown determination and farsightedness also in difficult situations and has always acted in the best interests of Daimler AG, for both the employees and the shareholders. We will particularly remember his efforts for a new leadership culture with Leadership 2020, his sustained advancement of diversity and his entrepreneurial commitment to Vans and International Procurement Services. In addition, he successfully represented our company and assumed responsibility with a great deal of personal involvement in numerous external committees.
On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board of Daimler AG, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Wilfried Porth for his lifetime achievements at the Group. Wilfried has always worked for our company and its employees with sound judgment, passion and great professional commitment. His success has proven him right.
Wilfried Porth took over his position in turbulent times. He had to prove that he could deal with crises. And of course, our differing roles caused controversial debates, especially in times of fundamental transformation. There are no prizes for that. But his experience and resilience have shown, especially in the recent past, that he represents the company’s position firmly and professionally. I would like to thank Wilfried Porth for some passionate discussions and the pioneering solutions that we have always found despite our differing positions. We have mastered two crises well and without dismissals, regulated new topics such as mobile working earlier than others, and fought for our respective interests in wage negotiations. Although Wilfried Porth was sometimes a tough negotiator, I always knew him to be open, clear and honest in his communication. Apart from our fair dealings with each other, that’s what I appreciate most.