Volvo plant in China welcomes new chief

11:33, October 09, 2010      

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After Volvo appointed former Geely vice president Shen Hui as the senior vice president to be solely responsible for operations in China, the Scandinavian company announced on Oct. 8 it has appointed Lars Danielson to be in charge of the future Volvo plant in China.

The mixing of Chinese and European cultures continues at Volvo after Geely took over the former Ford unit.

Up until now, Danielson was the plant manager at Volvo's plant in Torslanda, Sweden. Geely hopes to build on his expertise and bring his knowledge of the manufacturing process to China. Having been with Volvo since 2006, Danielson will be replaced by Derek Jessiman, currently plant manager for Volvo's plant in Ghent, Sweden.

"I feel very honored to be given responsibility for ensuring that the Volvos made in China will meet the same high standards as the cars from Torslanda and Ghent," said Danielson.

The chain reaction in the Volvo management structure caused by the move will continue with the appointment of Geert Bruyneel, currently head of the Volvo Cars Body Components unit, who has been named manager of the Ghent facility and Mikael d'Aubigne, head of the body plant in Torslanda, who will be the new manager of the Volvo Cars Body Components unit.

Geely took over Volvo this August after paying 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in cash. As soon as the deal was completed, the Chinese group named Li Shufu, chairman of the board for Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, as the chairman of Volvo.

By Huang Beibei, People's Daily Online


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