Dan Werbin and Vic Doolan are trading jobs, with Werbin becoming executive director for the Premier Automotive Group in North America, and Doolan becoming president, Volvo Cars of North America Inc., Volvo said Thursday.
The job swap takes effect June 17. Irvine, Calif.,-based PAG, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., includes Aston Martin-Jaguar-Land Rover North America, and Volvo Cars of North America.
This is a second round of musical chairs for Werbin, 57, and Doolan. Doolan, 61, kept Werbin's chair warm for him as the interim president of Volvo Cars of North America, from May to December 2001.
Doolan stepped in on a temporary basis, to replace Mark LaNeve, who quit unexpectedly to become Cadillac general manager. At the time, Doolan was also executive director for PAG brands in North America, and Werbin was president of Volvo Cars Japan. Hans-Olov Olsson, CEO of parent Volvo Car Corp., Gothenburg, Sweden, appointed Werbin to the North American post in May 2001, but Olsson asked Werbin to remain in Japan temporarily, to break in a successor there.
Doolan was president of BMW of North America Inc., Woodcliff Lake, N.J., from 1993 to 1999. He resigned, to join PAG.
Werbin was vice president for product engineering and development for Volvo's U.S. subsidiary, then based in Rockleigh, N.J., in the early 1970s. He was a board member for Volvo Cars of North America, from 1983 to 1993.