Zetsche says Daimler succession currently not an issue

When asked why former Daimler executive Andreas Renschler left the company Zetsche said: "I have no idea, and it's completely irrelevant."

STUTTGART (Reuters) -- Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Thursday sidestepped a question about whether he wanted to stay on beyond 2016, when his contract is due to expire.

"Now is not the time to think about another contract," Zetsche said in response to a question about whether he would step down or seek to have his contract extended beyond 2016.

The recent departure of Daimler executive Andreas Renschler has sparked speculation that Zetsche may want to stay on.

Upon being asked why Renschler had departed, Zetsche said: "I have no idea, and it's completely irrelevant."

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