August 24, 2021 – Mercedes-Benz is adapting its development organisation to focus on two key topics of the Mercedes-Benz strategy – vehicle software and electrification – with the objective of further enhancing its position as a leading technology company in the automotive luxury segment.
Magnus Östberg becomes new Chief Software Officer
Sajjad Khan has decisively advanced digitisation at Mercedes-Benz and significantly shaped the product portfolio. With MBUX, he has created a system that defines a new benchmark in the automotive sector. For this, I thank him on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board. I wish Sajjad Khan all the best for his career as an independent entrepreneur. At the same time, I am delighted that Magnus Östberg, a proven software expert with extensive automotive experience and an international profile, is joining the Mercedes-Benz team.
With MB.OS, we made a clear strategic decision for the future of Mercedes-Benz: to apply our own software-platform for our vehicles, for which we are now creating a specific software position to bring together the responsibility for all related development tasks. Magnus Östberg is excellently suited for this job and I am very much looking forward to working with him. Sajjad laid the foundations for MB.OS – with technological expertise, strategic farsightedness and an excellent team. I thank him and the entire CASE organisation on behalf of the whole company. I wish Sajjad all the best with founding his technology venture capital fund and am pleased that we, as Mercedes-Benz, are able to accompany him in this innovative project as an angel investor.