BERLIN (Reuters) -- Daimler plans to appoint Mercedes-Benz sales chief Ola Kaellenius to its management board as the carmaker lines up potential candidates to succeed CEO Dieter Zetsche, Bilanz magazine reported today.
Kaellenius, 45, could be nominated by the supervisory board in January, the magazine said without citing the source of the information.
Such a step would restore Daimler's management board to eight members almost a year after Andreas Renschler, formerly head of production at Mercedes, quit the luxury car and truck maker.
Daimler declined to comment.
The automaker's supervisory board last year extended the contract of Zetsche, 61, by three years until Dec. 31, 2016.
Other potential future successors to Zetsche include trucks boss Wolfgang Bernhard, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber, Markus Schaefer, head of manufacturing at Mercedes, and Klaus Zehender head of procurement at Mercedes.
Zetsche may have his contract extended beyond 2016, senior executive sources have said.
Chairman Manfred Bischoff is seeking to rejuvenate the carmaker's management board, Bilanz said.