Volvo Reorganizes Truck Operations
October 04, 2011
The Volvo Group is reorganizing its various truck-making companies into regional sales and marketing units and two central product development and production units, rather than organizing them via the four brand companies (Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks, Mack Trucks and UD Trucks).
Denny Slagle will head up the new Group Trucks Sales and Marketing Americas.
An improved coordination between Volvo's truck companies and development and production will allow for a more distinct and better focus, said Volvo CEO Olof Persson. "The Volvo Group has seen fantastic development in the past decade and has grown into a truly global and leading player, particularly in the areas of heavy trucks, construction equipment and diesel engines," he said. "But a company's work is never done, and it is now time for the next step."
Marketing, sales and brand responsibility will now be conducted in three new geographic, organizational units reporting directly to Persson:
* Group Trucks Sales and Marketing Americas (North and South America), under the leadership of Dennis Slagle, currently President of North American Trucks. This unit also will have global responsibility for the Mack brand.
* Group Trucks Sales and Marketing EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), with global responsibility for the Volvo and Renault brands, under the leadership of Peter Karlsten, currently president of Volvo Powertrain and chief technology officer for the Group.
* Group Trucks Sales and Marketing APAC (Asia and Pacific) with global responsibility for the UD Trucks brand, UD, under the leadership of Joachim Rosenberg, currently President of Asia Truck Operations, ATO.
Product, purchasing and production for trucks and engines, which is currently the responsibility of Volvo 3P and Volvo Powertrain, will be organized in two new organizational units reporting directly to Olof Persson:
* Product planning, product development and purchasing for trucks and engines, will be organized in a new global development and purchasing organizational unit, Group Trucks Technology under the leadership of Torbjorn Holmstom, currently President of Volvo 3P.
* All production of trucks and engines and all logistic services, will be placed in a new global production organization, Group Trucks Operations, under the leadership of Mikael Bratt, currently Group CFO. Production, product planning and product development for the non-truck business areas will remain with their respective business area.
The responsibility for the various joint-venture companies will be organized in a new organizational unit, Truck Joint Ventures, under the leadership of Par Ostberg, currently responsible for Trucks Asia. Truck Joint Ventures will also report directly to Olof Persson.
In addition, Anders Osberg, currently head of Volvo Treasury, succeeds Mikael Bratt as new CFO and will report directly to CEO Olof Persson. A new feature of the finance function is that Osberg will also be responsible for Volvo Financial Services and Volvo IT.
Staffan Jufors, President of Volvo Trucks, will retire at the end of the year. Satoru Takeuchi, continues as President of the legal company UD Trucks.
Senior Vice President Communication & Brand Management Per Lojdquist will leave his position at June 30 next year, but will remain as advisor until December 31, 2012, when he will retire. He will be succeeded by Marten Wikforss, currently responsible for Media Relations and Corporate News at AB Volvo. On January 1, two new positions will also be introduced, reporting directly to Olof Persson, a head of strategy and a Chief Information Officer, CIO.