After more than three decades of dutiful employment at Mercedes Benz, Paul Halata, current CEO of U.S. operations, will begin an early retirement starting September 1st of this year.

The man tapped to take the reigns of sales, service and marketing here in the States is current Australia/Pacific CEO, Ernst Lieb. Lieb, who began at M.B. in 1985, is credited with escalated sales in Canada while holding that country's top management position. His focus extended beyond Mercedes to include, Jeep, Dodge and other Daimler-Chrysler brands.

Halata (pictured) had recently signed a new contract extending his tenure through 2009. No reason was given for his early departure.

[Source: Automotive News]