Ford Motor Co. continues to shuffle its executive ranks.
Vic Doolan, who has headed Premier Automotive Group operations in North America since 1999, will reassume the presidency of Volvo Cars of North America Inc., a position he simultaneously held on an interim basis last year.
After just nine months as president of Volvo's North American operations, Dan Werbin will take Doolan's job as executive director of Premier Automotive Group.
The job swap takes effect Monday, June 17. Both men will continue to work at Premier Automotive Group's U.S. headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
Sources at Volvo and within the dealer body said the move shows that Volvo needs a leader more tuned to the U.S. market, while Premier Automotive Group needs someone who is focused on product. But dealers are becoming frustrated at musical chairs in the Volvo executive suite.
Doolan, 61, held the Volvo post for six months while waiting for Werbin (pronounced ver-BEAN) to move from the top job at Volvo Japan, in the wake of the unexpected departure of Mark LaNeve to become Cadillac's general manager.