Mercedes-Benz USA has appointed Tobias Rist to vice president and chief financial officer and Frank Diertl to vice president, retail network development and special projects.
Rist succeeds Christian Struwe, who was appointed head of sales controlling at Mercedes-Benz Cars Europe. Rist will be responsible for finance and controlling, risk management, treasury, payroll, procurement, information technology, taxes and facility management as part of MBUSA’s executive management team.
“Tobias is an experienced and dynamic leader whose financial acumen will play an integral role in shaping our company’s path forward,” said MBUSA President and CEO Dimitris Psillakis.
Rist has been with Daimler AG for 17 years, joining the company’s global service and parts department in Germersheim, Germany in 2004. He has served in a number of roles since then, with his most recent post as CFO at Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales Germany. A native of Germany, Rist holds a BBA in International Business Administration from the EU Business School Barcelona. He also has studied business at both South Bank University London and Bellerbys College Cambridge in the UK.
Diertl assumes responsibility for the company’s retail network development team, adding to his existing duties. He joined MBUSA in 1998 as a senior engineer before moving on to senior management positions in engineering services, customer services and aftersales business development. In 2016, he moved to Stuttgart to lead service and parts business, as well as warranty operations and customer satisfaction programs globally for Mercedes-Benz and Smart before returning to MBUSA in 2020.
Both Diertl and Rist are based in the Atlanta, Georgia, office.