Reshuf­fle in Volvo ranks

US-bound Voorheove re­placed by Swede

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN­CRED­I­BLE EX­PE­RI­ENCE: New Volvo boss Martin Mer­rick.

Peter Voorho­eve, left, with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack and ATA chair Ge­off Crouch.

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