MUNICH -- Wolfgang Bernhard will return to Daimler to head the companys Mercedes-Benz Vans unit, Daimler said.
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said: I am delighted that Wolfgang Bernhard is back at Daimler. I have valued his knowledge and experience since the time we spent together in the United States.
Bernhard, 48, is a former chief operating officer at Chrysler group and head of Volkswagen brand. A German native, he will succeed Wilfried Porth as global head of Daimlers vans division in April. Porth will become Daimlers head of human resources.
Bernhard was a top executive at Daimler between 1994 and 2004. He left in 2004 after he was passed over to succeed Jürgen Hubbert as head of the Mercedes luxury cars division.
Bernhard was lured to VW in 2005 by CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder and put in charge of the struggling VW brand. He left the carmaker in early 2007 and joined Cerberus Capital Management.