Markus Schaefer became President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.,on July 1, 2010 at the Mercedes-Benz Plant near Tuscaloosa, USA. He succeeded Ola Kaellenius who became the new managing director of Mercedes-Benz AMG GmbH.
Mr. Schaefer has 21 years experience with Daimler AG. He served as Director of Strategy for Production for Mercedes-Benz Cars from 2007 - 2010. Immediately prior to that role, he spent five years as Vice President of Engineering for MBUSI.
Mr. Schaefer joined Daimler in 1990 when he entered a trainee program at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. He served as Operations Engineer, Planning Engineer and Production Officer at the Sindelfingen plant before becoming Head of Planning, Passenger Cars Overseas Projects for Mercedes-Benz Cars. He also served as Plant Manager of Egyptian German Automotive in Cairo, Egypt.