FRANKFURT -- Klaus Maier, Mercedes-Benz's global head of sales and marketing, is stepping down for personal reasons, the carmaker said on Thursday.
Joachim Schmidt, Maier's predecessor, will take up the post again.
Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche said he regretted the departure of Maier. The CEO said Maier "made his mark” in realigning Mercedes to appeal to a younger target group in addition to launching a reorganization of worldwide sales.
Schmidt, 61, was Mercedes' global sales and marketing boss from 1999 to 2005 until Maier replaced him.
Zetsche said it was largely due to Schmidt that the Mercedes brand in 2007 and 2008 grew at double-digit rates and extended its market leadership in the regions for which he was responsible.