Dustup At Daimler

How Schrempp ejected one of his best executives--and why

As usual over the Christmas holiday, Helmut Werner headed for the ski slopes with his family. But even trying out the newfangled carving skis at the Austrian resort of Lech couldn't keep the fun-loving Mercedes-Benz chief executive from thinking about the unsavory business that lurked back at the office. Werner, 60, knew he would soon have to turn his back on what he had repeatedly called "the best job in the world."

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