Resume: Dieter Zetsche
'It's all about credibility and confidence. If you don't disappoint people, they won't disappoint you"
May 5, 1953, in Istanbul to German parents working abroad. Two years later, the family returned to Germany.
Master's degree in electrical engineering, University of Karlsruhe, 1976; PhD in mechanical engineering, Paderborn Technical University, 1982.
President and CEO of Chrysler Group; member of the management board at DaimlerChrysler.
Driving a beverage truck in Frankfurt.
1971 Volkswagen Beetle.
Competed in the sport of equestrian vaulting, which involves performing acrobatic stunts on a galloping horse.
Impressed his bosses at Daimler Benz a decade ago by rescuing Mercedes in Argentina and Freightliner in the U.S. He returned to Germany to help overhaul the Mercedes brand.
Instead of their usual European vacation this summer, Zetsche and his family rented a cottage in northern Michigan. And he joined the Bloomfield Hills Hunt Club, where his daughter stables her horse.
Married for 18 years, to Gisela. Three teenage children--and one cocker spaniel, Carlito.