Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has officially announced the appointment of Sagree Sardien as the new President and CEO of the company and Head of Region for Mercedes-Benz Cars SEA II. Sardien will assume the role previously held by Claus Weidner, who completes his six-year tenure in Malaysia having first arrived here in 2015.
Sardien brings over 20 years of automotive experience to her role as MBM boss. In that time, she spent 13 years with Daimler, starting out as Head of Operations in South Africa for the company's Fleet Management Division. While in her home market, Sardien also took on various leadership positions in logistics, sales, product management and customer service before moving to Stuttgart in 2018 to become the Head of Sales for Region Overseas markets comprising of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey and the Middle East.
“I am excited to join the Malaysia and SEA II regional team. In the last few years, Mercedes-Benz has grown from strength to strength in the premium automotive segment in the region. It is an incredible and opportune time to join the company, and I look forward to contributing to the implementation of our ambition to shape the future of mobility and support the transformation of the automotive environment.”
Joining Sardien in Malaysia is Edmin Naidoo, who comes on board as the new Vice President of Customer Services, MBC Malaysia & SEA II. Naidoo's 25-year career with Mercedes Benz includes a 15-year stint in South Africa. Most recently, he was the Director of Customer Services at Mercedes-Benz Australia.
TGM would like to welcome Sardien and Naidoo to Malaysia and wish them well in their new endeavours.