Bill Taylor, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Alabama factory for most of its 12-year history, will retire June 30, the company said today.
Replacing Taylor, 59, will be Ola Kaellenius, managing director of Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines. Before that, Kaellenius was managing director of operations for McLaren Automotive. He takes over as head of the factory on June 1.
Taylor joined Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. nearly 16 years ago as vice president of operations for the Vance, Ala., factory. He became president and CEO in 1999, two years after the first M-class SUV rolled off the line.
During his tenure, Taylor oversaw the plants $600 million expansion and the launch of three vehicles in less than 13 months. Today the plant is the exclusive producer of three vehicles for the worldwide market: the M-, R- and GL-class models.
Kaellenius has held a number of positions within Daimler AG in the engine and powertrain areas. He worked for three years as a member of the Vance factorys finance department.