Auto industry sales and marketing veteran Vic Doolan has been appointed by Fisker Automotive Inc. to become a member of Fisker's board and lead the coachbuilder's global retail development.
Doolan began his automotive career with British Leyland South Africa before joining BMW in South Africa in 1978 as vice president of sales and marketing. He stayed until 1987, when he became president of BMW Canada. Doolan joined BMW's North American operations in 1992 and was promoted to president of BMW North America in 1993.
Doolan left BMW in 1999 and joined Ford Motor Co. as executive director of North American marketing for the Premier Automotive Group, where he led marketing for the Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo brands. He was named CEO of Volvo Cars of North America in 2001 and retired in March 2005.
The announcement of Doolan's hiring comes before Fisker, of suburban Los Angeles, plans to show its first production car with plug-in hybrid technology, known as a Quantum Hybrid, at the 2008 Detroit auto show in January.
"Fisker Automotive is embarking on a major environmental movement within the auto industry, and I believe in both the success and impact it will have," Doolan said in a statement. "I plan to engage and establish retail partners to truly make a difference to the consumer, their experience and the environment that surrounds them."
Doolan now is nonexecutive chairman of the U.S. operations of the London-based executive recruiting firm Courtland Automotive Practice LLP. He also is a board member at Sonic Automotive Inc.