After five fruitful years at the helm of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM), it’s time for outgoing President and CEO, Mr Roland Folger to move onward. His departure will make way for Dr Claus Weidner as his successor, one who has had over 20 years of brand experience.

Dr Weidner has held many different positions with Mercedes-Benz, from Sales and Marketing to Corporate Strategy at the company’s headquarters in Germany. Before this, Dr Weidner was also the Head of Sales and Marketing of Passenger Cars in China, leading the luxury automaker’s business in Hong Kong, Macau and most recently Indonesia where he led the brand to the top of the marketplace.

Dr Claus Weidner
Dr Claus Weidner

Folger in a press statement said, “My five-year tenure in Malaysia has been a fulfilling experience, and the successes we achieved are a testament to the strength of our team. I extend my best wishes to Dr Weidner and welcome him to Malaysia. I have no doubt that under his leadership Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will not only continue to deliver quality premium vehicles and customer service that exceeds expectations, but will also stay on course to dominate the luxury segment.”

Under Folger’s leadership since 2011, MBM has progressed to become the top premium automotive manufacturer in the country. He also spearheaded the Employer of Choice 2014 project, which went on to earn the company a regional HR award, making it one of the best companies to work for in 2014.

MBM President and CEO, Mr Roland Folger (right), former MBM Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr Kai Schlickum (left)
MBM President and CEO, Mr Roland Folger (right) with former MBM Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr Kai Schlickum

Dr Weidner will assume the new role in October this year, while Folger will take up the task of leading Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd as the new Managing Director and CEO.


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