BERLIN (Feb. 10)—Helmut Werner, the former chairman of Continental A.G. and Mercedes-Benz A.G., died Feb. 6 in Berlin at age 67.
Werner served as chairman of Continental from 1982-87, during which time he oversaw Continental's drive for a more international presence, including the 1987 acquisition of General Tire from GenCorp Inc.
He left Continental to take an executive post at German auto maker Daimler-Benz in January 1988. Werner initially headed Daimler-Benz's Commercial Vehicle Division, preparing him for an eventual move to the top executive post at the automobile manufacturer.
Werner left Daimler in January 1997 after losing a boardroom battle with Juergen Schrempp, now CEO of DaimlerChrysler A.G. Werner then headed the supervisory board of Expo 2000, a major exposition in Hanover, Germany.