Anne Belec, vice president of sales operations at Volvo Car Corp., will succeed Vic Doolan as CEO and president of Volvo Cars of North America, the automaker said Friday.
Belec, 42, will join the North American operation on Jan. 3. Doolan, 63, will remain at the helm through a transition until his retirement at the end of March.
Volvo CEO Hans-Olov Olsson, in prepared statements, praised Doolan for laying an admirable foundation from which to build. Of Belec, he said: We feel Annes successes in a broad range of business areas will substantially contribute to her maintaining VCNAs volume growth, profitability and Volvos brand development in North America.
Belec has held top positions in brand management, marketing, and sales and service with Ford Motor Co. Belec is a Canadian who joined Ford in her home country in 1985.
Doolan is leaving on a high note. During his leadership, Volvo has grown to be the most profitable and successful sales unit of Fords Premier Automotive Group, or PAG. In the United States, the biggest market for the Swedish auto brand, Volvo has been enjoying consecutive monthly vehicle sales records.
Doolan joined Ford Motor in July 1999 as executive director of PAG in North America for marketing and distribution strategy. At the time, PAG was made up of Volvo, Lincoln, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover. He started as interim Volvo president in late 2001; he was named to his current post in June 2002.
Before joining Ford Motor, the South African native spent seven years as president of BMW of North America, responsible for the United States. His automotive career also includes stints as president of BMW of Canada and vice president of BMW of South Africa. The graduate of the Watford College in the United Kingdom also has international experience in banking.