Irmgard Schmid-Maybach was born in 1923 in Friedrichshafen as the fourth of Käthe and Karl Maybach’s five children. As the daughter of Maybach Motorenbau company founder Karl Maybach, and granddaughter of Wilhelm Maybach, the 19th century engineering genius who developed the first high speed combustion engine with Gottlieb Daimler, Irmgard Schmid-Maybach supported her father’s efforts following World War II. She witnessed her father’s dedication to his company and employees.
Between 1984 and 2005, following Maybach-Motorenbau’s merger with Mercedes-Benz Mororenbau (now merged with Rolls Royce), Irmgard Schmid-Maybach represented her family as a Supervisory Board member of the rebranded MTU Friedrichshafen. In October 2007, the MTU Supervisory Board elected her as an honorary lifetime member to acknowledge her commitment and contribution to the company.
Currently residing in San Francisco since 1957, Irmgard Schmid-Maybach continues to travel back to Friedrichshafen to remain connected to the Friedrichshafen community, the company and its employees who carry on the forward-thinking spirit of her predecessors.
She has been a generous donor to numerous charities, and has supported the establishment of the Wilhelm-Maybach School and the Karl Maybach Prize at the Karl Maybach High School in Germany.
In May 2010 the town of Friedrichshafen thanked Irmgard Schmid-Maybach for her engagement and services by presenting her with an honorary medal for her special services.