• Andreas Engling will step down as Executive Director of Manufacturing and Chief Executive Officer of MBSA, effective 1 May 2022.
  • Andreas Brand, currently Head of Production and Capacity Planning, will succeed Andreas Engling from 1 May 2022.
  • Andreas Engling retires after a 36-year career at Daimler and successful leadership of the East London Manufacturing Plant, culminating in the start of production of the W206 C-Class.
East London, South Africa. Mercedes-Benz South Africa Limited (MBSA) announces that Andreas Engling, currently Executive Director of Manufacturing and Chief Executive Officer, will step down and hand over his duties to Andreas Brand, effective 1 May 2022. After 36 years with Mercedes-Benz and having taken over the reins at MBSA in 2017, he will start his well-deserved retirement.

After studying mechanical engineering, Andreas Engling began his career at the company as a parts production quality engineer in Stuttgart/Germany, in 1987. From 1993 on, Andreas Engling held various management positions in Germany, for example as Managing Director of

MDC Power/Technology in Kölleda. In 2017 he took over his current role in South Africa. Under his leadership, MBSA has had many strategic achievements for the East London Plant, for example, the 500 000th Mercedes-Benz W205 C-Class rolling off the production line and export to over 80 markets across the world of several C-Class variants.

MBSA Executive Director of Manufacturing and CEO designate Andreas Brand, currently Head of Production and Capacity Planning, will take over from Andreas Engling from 1 May 2022.

Andreas Brand joined the company in 1997 as production engineer in the body shop Rastatt. He gained a lot of international management experience, for example through planning functions for the SUVs in Tuscaloosa/USA, and also at the plant in East London. Thereafter, Andreas Brand held various management functions in planning, production and factory launches. As of 2010 he led the press and body shop in Kecskemét/Hungary. In 2016, he worked in the area of strategic alignment and, in 2018, he was Chief Engineer Production for the Compact Car-Platform. Since the beginning of 2020, he has been in his current position as head of Program and Capacity Planning.

The Board of MBSA would like to thank Andreas Engling for his commitment to the success of the East London plant, exemplary leadership and look forward to his continued contribution during the rest of his tenure at MBSA and wishes Andreas Brand well in his new role.