Rolf Eckrodt, head of DaimlerChrysler's Adtranz rail equipment unit, will lead a team of German executives during his tenure as Mitsubishi's chief operating officer and day-to-day boss.
Eckrodt was appointed in September.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Chairman Juergen Schrempp said dozens of managers at Daimler-Chrysler's German headquarters are being considered for assignments in Japan.
He said executives would fill senior positions in key areas such as product development and marketing.
DaimlerChrysler bought 34 percent of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in April for about $2 billion. It then renegotiated a lower price for the stake and a stronger management position in September after Mitsubishi was rocked by a recall scandal that collapsed its share price.
Schrempp said Renault SA's revival of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., under the leadership of Carlos Ghosn, will be the model for Mitsubishi.
Like Ghosn, Eckrodt is considered a tough taskmaster. Mitsubishi's management board has been expanded to 11 to accom- modate him.
'He and Mitsubishi executives have identified the posts together and we have a list of 40 or 50 candidates,' Schrempp said.
'We are talking about the two or three levels under the board. We are talking about senior people.'
Schrempp said Daimler-Chrysler would adopt some of the same tough measures Renault took to fix Nissan.
Asked if DaimlerChrysler may put in place its own head of product development - as Renault did at Nissan - Schrempp said: 'Yes, product development or marketing - senior positions in various sections.'
Without DaimlerChrysler managers on board, Schrempp said it would be much harder for Eckrodt to influence the company.
Schrempp said the Japanese are asking for the help. He said the measures Renault is taking to fix Nissan - such as closing plants - would make DaimlerChrysler's job easier.
'We have an advantage because Ghosn has been a bit of an icebreaker,' Schrempp said. 'We are obviously studying what is happening there. I have a feeling that Ghosn is doing a good job.'