Former Daimler and Mitsubishi executive Rolf Eckrodt is set to become supervisory board chairman at Swiss lithium ion cell maker Leclanche.
Eckrodt, 67, will join the board and be nominated as chairman at Leclanche's general assembly meeting March 19, the company said in a release.
Eckrodt, who was president and CEO of Mitsubishi from June 2002 to April 2004 when Daimler ran the Japanese automaker, will play an active role in focusing the company on the future markets for lithium-ion batteries, a spokesman for the company said.
Eckrodt worked for Daimler from 1966 until stepping down from the Mitsubishi job in 2004. He left after Daimler declined to take part in a $6.4 billion bailout of Mitsubishi that year. That decision resulted in Daimler's 37 percent holding in the automaker to shrink. Daimler sold its remaining 12.4 percent stake in Mitsubishi in 2005.
Since leaving Mitsubishi and Daimler, Eckrodt has served on various supervisory boards.
He still has a seat on the boards of German chassis and engineering supplier Benteler AG as well as German engine specialists Tognum AG and MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.
The spokesman said Eckrodt will keep those positions.