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]