Key Daimler Truck chief dies

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Jochen Goetz, the Chief Financial Officer of Daimler Truck who played a pivotal role in the successful spinoff of the company from its automotive parent that produces the renowned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, has passed away at the age of 52, Daimler announced on Sunday.

Goetz dedicated over thirty years of his career to the Daimler Group, a well-known entity based in Stuttgart, Germany, renowned for its production of luxury Mercedes-Benz cars.

Daimler Truck emphasised that Goetz played a crucial and decisive role in the separation of Daimler’s truck division from the rest of the company, leading to the spinoff in 2021. This division stands as the world’s largest manufacturer of trucks. Subsequently, the remaining part of the company rebranded itself as Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

The company’s official statement conveyed the news of Goetz’s passing, citing a “tragic incident” on Saturday. However, no specific details were provided regarding the circumstances.

Martin Daum, Chairman of Daimler Truck’s board of management, expressed deep sorrow over Goetz’s loss, both personally and professionally, highlighting his significant contributions to the company’s achievements. Goetz was not only a CFO but also a member of the company’s management board.