Volvo Car UK has appointed Jon Wakefield as acting managing director, effective 1 July. He succeeds Connor who has been appointed chief executive of Polestar.

Wakefield has worked for Volvo in the UK for nearly four years as sales director, joining the brand in 2012 from Fiat Group where he had worked as sales director across the Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands.

2015 saw Volvo Car UK's most successful sales year for over 20 years, contributing to a strong global performance with the brand registering more than half a million cars globally for the first time in its history. 2016 is expected to bring further sales growth as the eagerly anticipated new V90 and S90 arrive in the UK later this year.

Connor takes over as the new chief executive of the 100%-owned performance arm, Polestar, effective 1 July 2016.
 
He has been four years as managing director of Volvo Cars UK, during which sales volumes increased by 60%. He will replace Bjorn Sallstrom who has been acting CEO since Volvo's acquisition of Polestar in July 2015.

Connor will be responsible for the growth and development of the Polestar brand.
 
"Nick brings extensive commercial experience and a proven track record of sales and network development to Polestar as we seek to develop and grow this exciting part of our business," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.