Rainer Schmückle studied Economics and Engineering. He held a number of senior positions in the car industry, before being appointed Chief Operating Office of Mercedes Benz Cars at Daimler AG. From 1994-1997 Schmuckle was senior Vice President for Finance and IT at Freighliner, a manufacturer of trucks and a member of Daimler Trucks North America. After that he became President and CEO of Adtranz, a merger of the transport technology divisions of ABB and Daimler Benz. From 2001-2005 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America. Here he was responsible for Daimler NAFTA Truck Operations, as well as Freightliner Group, Sterling and Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis and American LaFrance In 2005 he was appointed Head of Production and Purchasing at Mercedes-Benz and COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars Daimler AG. He is also Vice President of Corporate Planning and Finance.