Blog: Interview with Bo Andersson
Simon Warburton | 5 February 2015
Despite - or perhaps because of - its current economic and political challenges - Russia is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe if you count the extreme Western area as part of the Old Continent.
I'm looking at attending the upcoming Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) event in Moscow next month - a meeting point gathering some keynote speakers such as GAZ Group president Vadim Sorokin and AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson - as well as suppliers such as Pirelli and Valeo among many others.
This being Russia, politics is never far away and a representative from the State Duma is also due to speak against the backdrop of the tight spot in which the Russian economy finds itself and the knock-on effect for the auto industry.
Last year was extremely well-attended and here's a video clip of an interview I had with Bo Andersson from AvtoVAZ, talking about his, then, fairly new role at the helm of one of Russia's most iconic companies.
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