Markus Schäfer is to take on the newly created role of chief operating officer (COO) at the Daimler group from April 1.

The post will include the control of Mercedes-Benz Cars’ entire value chain from development through to purchasing material and production.

Schäfer is currently a management board member in charge of research at Daimler, and development, procurement and supplier quality at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Daimler said it is creating the new post to “effectively control all areas that are operationally involved in the innovation, development and value-creation process.”