BERLIN -- Daimler's human resources boss Wilfried Porth will step down from the role in December after 37 years with the automaker. Mercedes-Benz executive Sabine Kohleisen, 57, will succeed Porth, Daimler said in a statement.
Porth, 62, joined the then Daimler-Benz in 1985 as a planning engineer in the central production planning department.
"Having a good team that stands together is a key success factor, especially in a crisis," Porth said in an email interview with Automotive News Europe. "In addition, disciplined performance is extremely important."
He pointed out the importance of digitalization for Daimler's products and processes is steadily increasing.
"In order to ensure the appropriate know-how and skills in the company, it is not enough just to train our current team," he said. "We need to keep recruiting IT experts and talents."
In addition to his work as board of management member for human resources, Porth is Chairman of the Southwest Metal Employers' Association and Vice President of the Stuttgart Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
"I'm not going to retire just yet," Porth said. "There is still a lot I want to do in the company until December. Then I am looking forward to having more time for family and friends, and for giving back to society."
Michael Brecht, Daimler's works council chairman, said in the statement that Porth took over his position in turbulent times.
"He had to prove that he could deal with crises. And of course, our differing roles caused controversial debates, especially in times of fundamental transformation," Brecht said.
"There are no prizes for that," "But his experience and resilience have shown, especially in the recent past, that he represents the company's position firmly and professionally."