Meet the members of our
executive committee

Michael Dietz

President & CEO

Michael Dietz has been the President & CEO of Daimler Truck Southern Africa since January 2020 and while his journey with DTSA began just over 3 years ago, his journey with the Daimler group spans over 3 decades.

Below is a snapshot of Michael's journey:

1990 Sales Executive Mercedes-Benz Vans

1993 Sales Executive Mercedes-Benz Trucks

1998 International Key Account Manager Mercedes-Benz Trucks

2000 Sales Manager Mercedes-Benz Vans & Trucks

2002 Head of Key Account Management Mercedes-Benz Trucks Germany

2004 Director Government Business, Diplomats & Special Vehicles

2011 Global Head of Sales, Marketing & Services Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks

2015 Global Head of Marketing Mercedes-Benz Trucks

2020 President & CEO of Daimler Truck Southern Africa

In his role as President & CEO, Michael is responsible for defining and implementing the overall strategy for DTSA as well as leading, motivating and developing its most valuable asset, its employees to ensure business success.

Peter Kendzorra

Executive Director & CFO

Peter Kendzorra is an Executive Director and the CFO of DTSA, a role he has occupied since March 2020. Peter is responsible for the overall finance & controlling function which he manages together with his team. This includes, but is not limited to; Treasury, Group Accounting, Customs, International Procurement Services, Digital Innovation and Business Intelligence. Peter is also an Executive Director on the DTSA Board of Directors.

Gladstone Mtyoko

Vice President of Manufacturing

Gladstone Mtyoko is the Vice President for Manufacturing, a role he has occupied since 2017. His responsibilities include but are not limited to, developing a globally integrated production system, increasing productivity of the Commercial Vehicles assembly through continuous process improvement and the use of the latest machinery and equipment. His role further encompasses ensuring that the Quality, Occupational Safety and Environmental Integrated Policy and the Environmental System Management is developed and effectively implemented. Gladstone is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Maretha Gerber

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Maretha Gerber has been the Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks since 2018 and recently Vice President for the Sales & Marketing portfolio for Daimler Truck Southern Africa. Her role includes but is not limited to, overseeing and steering the Retail Sales environment, Key Account and Product management for both Mercedes-Benz Trucks and FUSO Southern Africa. Maretha's position further extends to Marketing and Supply Chain management for the company. Maretha is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Ziyad Gaba

Vice President of Customer Service, Parts and Downstream

Since 2017, Ziyad Gaba was Head of FUSO Trucks Southern Africa, before assuming the role of Vice President Customer Service, Parts and Downstream portfolio for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, FUSO and Freightliner in 2021. His role includes overseeing and steering the Parts Sales and Logistics environment, which also includes warranty, maintenance contracts and the dealer training portfolio. Ziyad is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Jason Brunninger

General Manager for Mercedes-Benz Buses

Jason Brunninger is the General Manager for Mercedes-Benz Buses, a role he has occupied since June 2019. His role encompasses defining a strategic vision and target for the business. Including but not limited to, steering the Sales, Parts, Service, and Marketing teams. In addition to this, dealer steering, customer engagements and key account support form part of his overall portfolio. Jason is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Thabo Moloi

General Manager: Used Trucks & Buses

Thabo Moloi is the General Manager for Used Trucks & Buses, a role he assumed on the 1st of February 2023. His role encompasses the overall management of the used trucks portfolio and ensuring long term sustainability of the business. Key strategic focus areas include; Steering of the overall business, with the intention to ensure continued growth and support of the new vehicle sales strategy, the expansion of TruckStore’s footprint across Southern Africa, and the effective and continued implementation of the national sales agency model. Thabo is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Tebogo Shumba

Head of Human Resources

Tebogo Shumba is the Head of Human Resources, a role she has occupied since 2019. Her role includes overseeing and steering the entire spectrum of the human resources function, which includes effective relationship building with various stakeholders, and defining and leading HR initiatives with the intention to support the achievement of business goals. Tebogo’s position further extends to reviewing, formulating and implementing HR policies, procedures and strategies, as well as acting as an advocate of the company’s values and workplace culture, to create the best working environment for all employees. Tebogo is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Mike Honiball

CEO of Daimler Truck Financial Services South Africa

Mike Honiball is the CEO for Daimler Truck Financial Services, a role he assumed in December 2021. Prior to this, he held an executive position within Mercedes-Benz Financial Services across various facets of the business for the last 15 years. In his current role, he is responsible for providing finance solutions for retail, corporate and the end customer, as well as product and service development for DTFS SA as a whole.  In addition to this, providing wholesale funding facilities for franchised dealers, risk management, and the attraction, retention and development of top employees form part of his overall portfolio. Mike is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.

Kevin Wels

Head of Dealer Network

Kevin Wels assumed the position of Head of Dealer Network on 1 February 2023. His role includes the planning, execution and delivery of dealer network growth and development plans and his key tasks include the development of dealer network strategies, national polices & procedures. In addition he is responsible for dealer network operations including dealer appointments, terminations, replacements, upgrades, buy-sell due diligence, improvement process and programs to support dealer profitability. He leads tactical initiatives, drives change management and promotes the vision of network elevation and solution development to complex issues. Kevin is also an executive member of the DTSA Executive Committee.