Reshuffle in Volvo ranks
US-bound Voorheove replaced by Swede
MARTIN Merrick has been named president of Volvo Group Australia, effective from September 1, 2018.
After five successful years leading the organisation, current president Peter Voorhoeve will move to the role of president of Volvo Trucks North America from the same date.
With a Volvo career spanning 30 years, Mr Merrick joins Volvo Group Australia from the position of senior vice-president of retail development for Volvo Trucks in Sweden, where he has been responsible for delivering a premium retail customer experience through the dealer network, driving digital transformation, and developing competence to match the needs of the retail operations.
“Martin brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience, having started his involvement with Volvo from the very outset of his career in sales while working in a Volvo truck and bus dealership in Scotland,” senior vice-president of Volvo Trucks International Heléne Mellquist said.
“This early grounding means he fundamentally understands the needs of our customers, which he has translated to drive invaluable customer-focused initiatives in his numerous leadership roles at Volvo.
“His appointment to lead Volvo Group Australia will build on the market-leading results already achieved in Australia and New Zealand.
“We look forward to Martin bringing his in-depth industry knowledge and rich customer insight to further grow these crucial markets.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Merrick acknowledged the unique competitiveness of Volvo Group Australia and the opportunities presented by the underlying local market strength.
“Like many colleagues at Volvo, I have kept a close eye on what has been happening in Australia and New Zealand as they continue to be lead markets for us in areas such as R&D,” he said.
INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE: New Volvo boss Martin Merrick.
Peter Voorhoeve, left, with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and ATA chair Geoff Crouch.