The diversity and strength of our leadership team reflects the culture of our entire team at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Peter Henn, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Head of Daimler Mobility AG Americas Region
Peter Henn became President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Head of Daimler Mobility Americas Region on June 1, 2019. In this role he has responsibility for leading business strategy and operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. He is also a member of the global Daimler Mobility Board of Management.
Previously, he was Head of the Africa and Asia Pacific region. Henn joined the Daimler Group in 2007 as Head of Corporate Audit and Corporate Governance. In 2010, he was named Chief Audit Executive of Daimler AG. Before his tenure at Daimler, he worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP in New York, among other companies. Peter Henn earned a degree in law from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and began his career in the field of audit and risk management.
Chris Kaefer, Vice President, Credit Operations
Chris Kaefer is Vice President of Credit Operations Americas for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA. In this role since 2010, Kaefer is responsible for underwriting and monitoring the company’s credit portfolio, which consists of consumer, small business, fleet and dealer loans and leases. Additional areas of responsibility include consumer and commercial funding as well as customer service and collections of fleet accounts for the company’s Americas Region. He has a team of more than 250 people throughout Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Kaefer serves as a member of the company’s Americas Region executive leadership team and chairman of the company’s credit review committee.
In his 25+ years’ experience in the financial services industry, Kaefer has split his time between the United States and Germany. He joined Daimler AG in 1993 as a Trainee of Mercedes-Benz Finanz GmbH in Germany. He then held several positions with increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and credit. In 2005, Kaefer accepted the position of Vice President of Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. In 2008, he moved back to Stuttgart, Germany and held the role of Director of Sales Development and Strategy at Mercedes-Benz Bank. He returned to the United States in 2010, where he served as Vice President of Credit and National Accounts before assuming his current role at the company.
Kaefer has a master’s degree in business from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany. He is a member of a global school program that promotes a safe and positive learning environment for students and spends time volunteering with local youth sports organizations.
Cameron Keating, Vice President Operations Americas
Cameron Keating is the Vice President, Operations Americas for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. In this role, he is responsible for all operational functions, including customer service, collections, remarketing and business solutions in the Americas Region. He leads more than 700 employees in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. and is a member of the Daimler Mobility Americas Region executive leadership team.
Keating joined the company in 1997 as a Credit Analyst in Australia. He has held a number of leadership roles in credit, remarketing and collections in Australia, Germany and the U.S. Prior to his current role, he joined Mercedes-Benz Financial Services China in 2012 as Head of Credit Operations and was instrumental in building up and leading the Credit organization.
Keating earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Tasmania in Australia.
Mark Lovely, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Mark Lovely is the Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. In this role, he oversees sales operations within Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in the United States, leading a team of nearly 200 employees. He is also a member of the Daimler Mobility Americas Region executive leadership team.
Prior to his current role, Lovely was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in the Benelux cluster of countries . In this role he was responsible for the financial services operations in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
He has held several roles of increasing responsibility in both the UK and Europe, including Dealer Operations Manager for MBUK and Managing Director for Mercedes-Benz CharterWay in the UK. He subsequently went on to become VP of Truck and Van sales in Sweden and Denmark before taking over the role as Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in Sweden and Denmark in 2008. Lovely has more than 30 years of experience in Banking and Finance and began his career with Mercedes as Finance & Insurance Manager at a commercial vehicle dealership before joining MBFS UK in 1996 as an Area Manager.
Melinda Mernovage, Director of Corporate Communications
Melinda Mernovage is Director of Corporate Communications. In this role, she drives all aspects of the company’s regional communications strategy, including internal and external communications, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, corporate events and corporate design. She is also a member of the Daimler Mobility Americas Region executive leadership team.
In her previous role, she was the Head of Corporate Communications for the Daimler Mobility AG Africa and Asia Pacific Region, headquartered in Singapore, and had responsibility for 11 countries. Mernovage began her career at Visteon Corporation in 2002. She joined Daimler in 2005, in the Commercial Vehicles division. In 2011, she joined the company’s Financial Services division, now known as Daimler Mobility.
Mernovage holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication and Development from Ball State University. In the community, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit-based non-profit, Forgotten Harvest.
Sidhartha Nair, Head of Strategy – Americas Region
Sidhartha Nair is the Head of Strategy for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and is responsible for developing strategic topics for the business, including business development and ensuring successful execution of strategic projects. Sid supports all of the markets in the Americas Region and ensures alignment with the global DMO organization. Sid is also a member of the company’s Americas Region executive leadership team.
Sid joined the company in 2003 as a Strategy Analyst. Since then, he has held positions in several global locations with Daimler. In his previous position, he was the Managing Director of the India business unit, which he started. Prior to joining Daimler, he worked in Automotive Engineering and Management Consulting areas.
Sid has a MBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan and masters in Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan and YPO International.
Michelle Spreitzer, Vice President and General Counsel
Michelle D. Spreitzer is Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. In this role, she is responsible for all legal activities for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, as well as the financial services legal teams in Daimler Mobility’s Americas Region, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. Spreitzer leads a staff of 25 and is a member of the Daimler Mobility Americas Region executive leadership team.
In her previous role, Spreitzer was Assistant General Counsel, in the division of Regulatory, Consumer Finance and Employment Law. Spreitzer joined the company in 1996 as Staff Counsel. Before working for Daimler, Spreitzer was Staff Counsel in the Financial Services and Regulatory division for Michigan National Corporation and a Litigation Associate for Dickinson Wright in Detroit.
Spreitzer earned a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Wayne State University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Spreitzer is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Brian Stevens, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Brian Stevens is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and is responsible for directing all Finance & Controlling activities for the company’s Americas Region, leading a team of approximately 150 employees. Stevens is also a member of the company’s Americas Region executive leadership team.
Stevens joined the company in 1996 as a Financial Analyst, International Operations. Since then, he has held several finance and controlling positions of increasing responsibility, including Manager of Asset-Backed Securitization Programs, Senior Manager of Planning and Reporting and Assistant Controller. In his previous position, Brian was Director of Finance and Controlling – Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Before joining Daimler, he worked for Ernst & Young, LLP.
Stevens, a registered CPA, has a master’s degree in Finance from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Grand Valley State University.
Johan Swart, Vice President of Information Technology Management and Chief Information Officer
Johan Swart is Vice President of Information Technology Management and Chief Information Officer at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. In his current role, he leads more than 600 team members and directs overall IT strategy, resource planning, budgeting and operational initiatives for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. He is also a member of the Daimler Financial Services Americas Region executive leadership team.
Previously, Swart was Senior Manager of IT Management for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and one of the co-leads for the Nexus project, a large-scale multi-million dollar program, which delivered an innovative technology solution to replace the company’s core contract management system. He joined Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA 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 Technologies 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.
Swart earned a diploma in Information Technology Management from Pretoria Technicon in South Africa, and is a graduate of the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Tobias Waldeck, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Remarketing – Daimler Truck Financial U.S.A.
Tobias Waldeck is Vice President of Daimler Truck Financial U.S.A. In this role, Waldeck is responsible for directly leading a diverse team of 60 employees who deliver customized, flexible and innovative financial products and services for the business partners, dealers and customers of Daimler Trucks North America’s commercial vehicle brands. He is also responsible for the strategic vision and focus of the collective efforts of more than 250 employees in various areas dedicated to the success of Daimler Truck Financial.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Waldeck was the Managing Director of Daimler Financial Services Mexico. Mr. Waldeck joined the company in 1994 as the Controller of Credit Risk for the Mercedes-Benz Bank in Germany and has since worked in various countries across all continents in the areas of finance, credit and audit processes.
Some of his notable roles include: Global Director of Strategy for Daimler Financial Services AG in Stuttgart, Germany; Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Czech Republic and Slovakia in Prague and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in Seoul, Korea. He has also held serval other positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Banco Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, as well as Mercedes-Benz Financiera Argentina.