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Daimler appoints new Head of R&D in India

By   |   24 February,2014

Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, introduced Manu Saale as new Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Centre, India. Manu Saale succeeds Dr. Jens Cattarius, who takes over new responsibilities within Mercedes-Benz R&D in Stuttgart, Germany.

Prof. Thomas Weber pointed out, “With Manu Saale, being multilingual and Indian-born, we appointed an international expert and global player at the head of MBRDI. We are confident that the transferring of important specific know-how and expertise within Daimler R&D will further solidify MBRDI’s position as a strong player of Daimler’s global RD-network. We are committed to India and underline our confidence to this important growth market for Daimler. I am wishing both Dr. Jens Cattarius and Manu Saale all the best for their new assignments and thank both for their strong contributions and commitment to our company.”

Under the leadership of Dr. Cattarius, within the last three years, MBRDI anchored itself within Daimler’s global R&D network and steadily grew to become the largest facility outside Germany. Manu Saale joined Daimler in 2011 and worked at MBRDI as Head of department for Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Since July 2013, he has received extensive training within various R&D departments in Stuttgart to get prepared for his new assignment.

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