• Feb 5th 2010 at 4:27PM
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The prodigal son returns. As with the Biblical parable, a well-loved son (ably played in real life by Wolfgang Bernhard) leaves the comfort of home (Bernhard previously served as Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's second in command) and embarks on a journey away from his family.

Unlike our age-old story, though, Bernhard didn't exactly fall on hard times away from the loving care of this father. In fact, Bernhard served as chairman at Volkswagen between 2005 and 2007 before returning to Daimler in February of 2009 to lead its van business. Not the hero's welcome our Biblical character got when he finally ventured back home – at least not right away.

According to an Automotive News report, Bernhard will now serve as the executive board member responsible for production and procurement for Mercedes-Benz, though the company is reportedly still figuring out what exact role and title Bernhard will command. Rainer Schmueckle, the man who currently holds the spot Bernhard will be inheriting, is in "negotiations" with the automaker.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! He's freakin' hot!
      • 5 Years Ago
      THAT man is 50 years old? Geez, some guys get all the luck...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's older, he's younger in the picture than I thought. This was taken at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2003.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The picture is at least 4 or 5 years old. Maybe more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Magna has bought Chrysler instead of Cerberus, Wolfgang probably would have been the CEO, and things would have been a lot different. But Daimler didn't want a potential competitor to get them (much like GM didn't want Opel to go to Magna or Fiat). One thing he did do at Chrysler was take one look at the horrible Imperial concept and said that car is never going to see the light of day. If Magna had gotten Chrysler and Wolfgang was in charge they would be developing the 200C right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's going to kick ass... and that thing between his legs is huge!

      I had to :(