The Volvo Dealer Alliance, which longs for a stable relationship with the factory, could not stop the game of musical chairs in the president's office at Volvo Cars of North America.
So it did the next best thing.
It created its own stability by extending the terms of its members by one year.
Jim Speck, who would have vacated the position of chairman of the dealer alliance in August 2003, will keep the job until 2004.
Speck, who became chairman in August 2001, said Volvo Cars has been in constant transition during his term because the company has had so many presidents - three in 17 months if you count current President Vic Doolan's first stop in the presidential suite in 2001 separately.
Doolan, who had headed Ford's Premier Automotive Group since 1999, switched jobs with former Volvo President Dan Werbin in June after Werbin had been on the job for nine months. In 2001, Doolan was president of Volvo and Premier Automotive Group simultaneously.
Making things worse for dealers is that the company lacked a sport-utility - a necessity to compete in today's market - and its brand advertising budget had been slashed.
On the bright side, Volvo dealers are profitable and they have a lot of confidence in Doolan, the XC90 sport-utility, and a promise that the ad budget will be beefed up, Speck said.
He was interviewed by Staff Reporter Arlena Sawyers.