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Posted on October 10, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA Announces Executive Leadership Appointments

Johan Swart, VP/CIO & Rodolfo Dominguez, VP of Business Transformation

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, a leading automotive financial services provider, today announced key appointments to its executive leadership team in support of the company’s business priorities and growth strategies. All appointments are effective immediately.

Rodolfo Dominguez has been appointed Vice President of Business Transformation and Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Johan Swart has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

“Our focus on talent development has created a strong leadership bench that is fueling our success for sustainable business transformation,” said Peter Zieringer, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Regional Head of Daimler Financial Services Americas. “Rodolfo and Johan will set a strong precedent in finding innovative digital solutions that benefit our dealers, customers and employees to enhance the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Daimler Truck Financial brands.”

In addition to his role as CDO, Rodolfo Dominguez becomes the first to lead the newly-formed Business Transformation Office. He will lead a team of more than 90 team members and will be responsible for the transformational change of people, processes and technologies that accelerate the company’s vision of providing a first-class digital experience for key stakeholders in the Americas region.

Johan Swart succeeds Udo Neumann, now Global CIO for Daimler Financial Services, as Vice President and CIO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. He will lead more than 400 team members and direct overall IT strategy, resource planning, budgeting and operational initiatives for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Dominguez and Swart co-led the delivery of an innovative technology solution in the U.S. and Canada to replace the company’s core contract management systems and establish the foundation for future digital expansion.

Previously, Dominguez was Vice President of Enterprise Portfolio Management, responsible for overseeing the prioritization and execution of strategic enterprise-wide initiatives. Dominguez has held several roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career, leading teams in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These have included: Vice President of Global Products, Processes and Systems; President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada; and Business Center Director in Canada. Before joining the company in 1996, Dominguez worked for Hussmann Refrigeration and KPMG in his native Mexico.

Most recently, Swart was Senior Manager of IT Applications Management. He joined Mercedes-Benz Financial Services as an IT Senior Manager in 2006 after serving as the CIO of Financial Services and Sales for Mercedes-Benz South Africa, where he led the full integration of information technology management functions for the company’s various IT units. Swart began his career with Mercedes-Benz South Africa in 1998 as a Business Analyst in the IT division.

About Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with Business Center Operations in Fort Worth, Texas, provides brand‐specific financial products and services for Mercedes‐Benz and smart automotive dealers and their retail customers. In the U.S. trucking industry, it conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and provides flexible financial products and services for Daimler Trucks North America commercial vehicles branded Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Bus and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and has approximately 1,800 employees throughout the Americas. It is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, which does business in 40 countries and has an employee base of approximately 9,975 people worldwide. Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading financial services organizations worldwide and was named one of the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place To Work Institute in 2014. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC was also named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials by Great Place to Work and in 2015 and 2016. For more information, please visit or For more information about Daimler Truck Financial, log onto w