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Stefan Jacoby Named New Volvo CEO

Stefan Jacoby at Stefan Jacoby Named New Volvo CEO

As you know Volvo has been sold by Ford to China’s Geely and they are now running the company. They quickly put the brand under control of Geely’s boss Li Shufu as the chairman, but don’t worry Volvo is not going to be fully Chinalized! Meet Stefan Jacoby, the new President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. A few weeks ago Mr.Jacoby was the Chief Executive of Volkswagen Group of America, chilling with Katy Perry at the unveiling of the new VW Jetta in New York. Not sure if he is going to have that much fun at Volvo too!

Also, Volvo will retain its headquarters and manufacturing presence in Sweden and Belgium.

Press Release:

Li Shufu said: “This is a historic day for Geely, which is extremely proud to have acquired Volvo Cars. This famous Swedish premium brand will remain true to its core values of safety, quality, environmental care and modern Scandinavian design as it strengthens the existing European and North American markets and expands its presence in China and other emerging markets.”

Stefan Jacoby, the new President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, said: “I am honoured to join a company with the prestige and growth potential of Volvo. Our employees, suppliers, dealers — and above all our customers — can be confident that Volvo will preserve its special status as the industry leader in vehicle safety and innovation — even as it pursues new market opportunities.” Stefan Jacoby had been the CEO and President of Volkswagen of America.

Following completion of the transaction, Mr. Stefan Jacoby will join the board of Volvo Cars, chaired by Li Shufu, Chairman of Geely Holding Group. The board will comprise several new directors including Hans-Olov Olsson, a former President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars and a former Chief Marketing Officer of Ford, who will become Vice-Chairman of the board.

As announced on the signing of the stock purchase agreement on 28th March, 2010 Geely has agreed to pay USD 1.8 billion for Volvo Cars, which included a USD 200 million note with the balance paid in cash.

Geely issued the note and paid USD 1.3 billion in cash for Volvo Cars, utilising financing from Chinese institutions and its own balance sheet as well as international capital market resources. The closing consideration reflects adjustments in areas such as pension obligations and working capital.

Under the new ownership, Volvo Cars will retain its headquarters and manufacturing presence in Sweden and Belgium; and its management will have the autonomy to execute on its business plan under the strategic direction of the board.

As part of the transaction, Volvo and Ford will maintain close component and supply relationships, ensuring continuity in areas where they provide supply to each other.

Completion of the acquisition, which follows more than a year of talks between Geely and Ford, was marked at a signing ceremony in London attended by Li Shufu and Lewis Booth, Chief Financial Officer at Ford.

Mr. Li thanked Ford and the Volvo Cars management for their support during the transaction negotiations, and also paid tribute to union and government officials with whom Geely built close contacts.

“The signing and completion of this acquisition reflects the commitment of Ford and Volvo executives to the future of this company, along with the vital input of labour representatives and government officials in Sweden, Belgium and China as well as other relevant countries,” said Mr. Li.

The Geely Chairman added that Mr. Stefan Jacoby will succeed Stephen Odell as Volvo Cars’ President and Chief Executive, taking up his role on 16th August, 2010.

Hans-Oskarsson, deputy Chief Financial Officer, will become acting CFO of Volvo Cars, replacing Stuart Rowley. Mr. Odell and Mr Rowley are moving to leadership roles at Ford of Europe.

Along with the new management team at Volvo Cars, Geely today named the full board of directors for the Swedish carmaker, comprising:
Li Shufu (Chairman)
Hans-Olov Olsson (Vice-Chairman)
Freeman H. Shen
Hakan Samuelsson
Dr. Herbert Demel
Lone Fonss Schroder
Winnie Kin Wah Fok

The board — which will include three labour representatives nominated by unions at Volvo Cars — will assume its duties on completion of the transaction.

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