Tony Nicolosi: The right guy for Volvo Cars North America.

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RICHARD JOHNSON

At Volvo Cars N.A., Nicolosi gets formal CEO nod

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DETROIT -- You can forget the "acting" part of Tony Nicolosi's title as chief executive of Volvo Cars North America.

Volvo announced Monday that Nicolosi is the boss of Volvo's U.S. marketing arm -- with no ifs, ands or buts.

He was promoted in October, but for some reason an interim status was attached to the job.

But Volvo Car's global CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, said Sunday night at the company's auto show dinner across the street from Comerica Park: "Tony's the right guy."

Meanwhile, Nicolosi said he has found a replacement for himself as head of Volvo Financial, the post he held before replacing John Maloney as CEO of Volvo Cars North America. He didn't divulge the name, but said an announcement would be made before the NADA convention in New Orleans in a couple of weeks.

That's not the only change at Volvo's Rockleigh, N.J., headquarters. In a surprising shift, Bodil Eriksson, Volvo Car's global communications boss in Gothenberg, is coming to the United States to become Volvo Cars North America's executive vice president in charge of marketing, brand and communications.

She'll have a key role in product planning for the United States. Samuelsson says Eriksson will provide a strong Swedish voice in Rockleigh.

Eriksson who returned to Volvo in 2012 after several years outside the auto industry, says she has found an apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan and will commute against the flow of traffic to Rockleigh.

Nicolosi said: "She will be my right hand woman."

You can reach Richard Johnson at rjohnson@crain.com.

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