BRUSSELS - DaimlerChrysler AG will be born on 17 November when trading begins on 21 stock exchanges worldwide.
The official Day One ceremony will be held at the New York Stock Exchange that day, even though other exchanges will already be trading DaimlerChrysler shares because of time differences.
Co-chairmen Juergen Schrempp and Robert Eaton will ring the New York Stock Exchange's starting bell at 9: 30am. Each executive will buy one of the first two shares traded there.
The co-chairmen will formally present the new company to the press in New York. They will participate in live broadcasts that will be beamed to the company's 428,000 employees worldwide by satellite.
In Frankfurt, site of Germany's largest stock exchange, a reception with Schrempp and Eaton will be held on the evening of 16 November. The executives will board a plane that night for New York.
Individual celebrations are planned at Daimler-Benz and Chrysler.
Last month, Daimler-Benz shareholders exchanged about 97 percent of the outstanding shares of stock in the new company, clearing one of the last legal hurdles before Day One.
The new company announced some executive appointments last week. An organization chart won't be released before Day One, according to a spokesman. DaimlerChrysler's board will consist of 18 members, nine from each company.
A initial supervisory board meeting must be held before the first formal management board meeting. The meeting is expected within two weeks of Day One. The last meeting of management board members was 26 September in Stuttgart. The next will be at Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.