Volvo Car Corp. has named its purchasing chief, Steven Armstrong, to the new position of COO. The move takes effect Wednesday, March 1.
In his new job, Armstrong, 42, will be in charge of the daily operations of Volvo's r&d, manufacturing, purchasing and quality departments.
The heads of those departments will report to Armstrong but also will remain members of Volvo's Management Team, the automaker said in a statement distributed Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.
Fredrik Arp remains Volvo's CEO.
Armstrong's appointment is one of several personnel changes Volvo is making. The automaker says the changes are part of a new focus on quality and efficiency to reach its global sales goal of 600,000 units a year by 2009. In 2005, the company sold about 440,000 units.
- Armstrong is being replaced as senior vice president of purchasing by Albie van Buel, 46, who has been director of purchasing for body exterior and interior.
- Hans Folkesson, 55, senior vice president of r&d, will take early retirement at year end. He will stay in his current job until May 1, and then take a special assignment as senior project leader for environmental technologies at Ford of Europe.
- Magnus Jonsson, 49, will replace Folkesson as head of r&d. He now is executive director of International Operations at Ford of Europe, coordinating projects with the Premier Automotive Group. Before that, he was senior vice president for project management at Volvo.
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