Helmut Eberhard Werner, the former chairman of Mercedes-Benz, died on Feb. 6. Cause of death was not released. He was 67.
Born in Germany, Werner earned a business degree from the University of Cologne in 1961. He held several sales positions at Englebert & Co. before learning the art of management at Uniroyal Europe and Continental Tire.
Werner moved to the Stuttgart-based Mercedes-Benz in 1987, and ran its heavy truck division for six years. When he was promoted in 1993 to run the company’s luxury automobile side, Mercedes-Benz was deeply in debt. By cutting jobs and implementing clever marketing, Werner turned the company around and built the first American Mercedes factory in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Werner left the company in 1997 and was replaced by Jurgen Hubbert. He also served as the chairman of Expo 2000 in Hanover, and sat on the boards of Alcatel Alsthom, I.B.M. Germany, J.P. Morgan Germany and BASF.