Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced a number of management changes.
Robin Page is appointed as senior vice president Design. Mr Page, head of interior design for the past four years, will take over Volvo’s design operations as Thomas Ingenlath has been named chief executive officer of Polestar, Volvo’s performance car company. Mr Page will be responsible for running Volvo’s design operations. Thomas Ingenlath will maintain overall responsibility for the design of Volvo Cars as chief design officer and remain on the Volvo Cars Executive Management Team. Before joining Volvo Cars in 2013, Mr Page was head of interior design at Bentley Motors since 2001. Whilst at Bentley he was responsible for the interior designs of the Continental and Mulsanne ranges, as well as the interior design for the State Limousine of British Queen Elizabeth II. At other stages in his career he also performed design work for Rolls-Royce and Bugatti.
David Ibison is appointed as senior vice president Corporate Communications. Mr Ibison replaces Jonathan Goodman, who has been appointed chief operating officer of Polestar, Volvo’s performance car company. Mr Ibison was formerly vice president Corporate Communications and global head of Media Relations at Volvo Cars, having joined the company three and a half years ago in January 2014. Mr Ibison spent over 20 years as a foreign correspondent in various postings around the world, mainly for the Financial Times (FT). He was most recently the Nordic Bureau Chief for the FT between 2006 and 2010, based in Stockholm. Prior to that, he was the FT’s deputy bureau chief in Japan between 2000 and 2006 after a stint as a Financial Services and Investment Banking Correspondent in London between 1999 and 2000. Before joining the FT, Mr Ibison was the Business News Editor for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where he lived between 1992 and 1999. Prior to Hong Kong, he was a financial journalist in London. Mr Ibison left journalism in 2010 to become a Partner at Kreab, the Nordic region’s largest strategic communications consultancy, based in Stockholm. He also worked as the managing partner of the company’s Singapore office in 2010. “Volvo Cars has a complex and compelling story to tell and I am delighted that a former correspondent with David’s global experience and more recent track record of successful work at Volvo will be helping us to convey the next phase in Volvo’s transformation,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.