China's Geely completes acquisition of Volvo

08:08, August 03, 2010      

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Chinese automaker Geely has completed the acquisition of Volvo Car Corporation from Ford in London.

Geely Chairman Li Shufu and Lewis Booth, Ford's chief financial officer (CFO) attended a signing ceremony in London on Monday.

"This is a historic day for Geely, which is extremely proud to have acquired Volvo Cars," said Li.

"The signing and completion of this acquisition reflects the commitment of Ford and Volvo executives to the future of this company, along with the vital efforts of union representatives and government officials in Sweden, Belgium and China as well as other relevant countries," said Li.

"This famous Swedish premium brand will remain true to its core values of safety, quality, environmental care and modern Scandinavian design as it strengthens the existing European and North American markets and expands its presence in China and other emerging markets," he added.

Geely named Stefan Jacoby, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, as president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars.

Jacoby said: "I am honored to join a company with the prestige and growth potential of Volvo. Our employees, suppliers, dealers, and above all our customers, can be confident that Volvo will preserve its special status as the industry leader in vehicle safety and innovation, even as it pursues new market opportunities."

Jacoby will join the board of Volvo Cars, chaired by Geely chairman Li. The board comprises several new directors including Hans-Olov Olsson, former president and chief executive of Volvo Cars and former chief marketing officer of Ford, who will become vice chairman of the board.

Hans-Oskarsson, deputy chief financial officer, will replace Stuart Rowley as the CFO of Volvo Cars. Rowley and former Volvo president and chief executive Stephen Odell are moving to leadership roles at Ford of Europe.

Geely paid 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in cash plus a 200-million-dollar note, less than the price worth 1.8 billion dollars announced in March due to changes in pension obligations and working capital.

Under the new ownership, Volvo Cars will keep its headquarters and manufacturing presence in Sweden and Belgium, and its board will have autonomy to execute its strategic plan. Volvo and Ford will maintain close relations in component supply.

Source: Xinhua


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