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Cars Volvo CEO is the first World Car Person of the Year

13:30  12 march  2018
13:30  12 march  2018 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Håkan Samuelsson , president and CEO of the Volvo Car Group, with his 1967 Volvo 1800 S . The organisers of the World Car Awards have announced the winner of the inaugural “ World Car Person of the Year ” award at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson was also honoured with the inaugural World Car Person of the Year prize, from the World Car Awards organisation. Samuelsson has led Volvo since 2012 and overseen a remarkable turnaround for the company, from a quirky Swedish brand building

Hakan Samuelsson © Provided by Motoring Research Hakan Samuelsson The Volvo XC40 was named European Car of the Year at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show – but that wasn’t the only trophy awarded to the firm at the Swiss extravaganza. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson was also honoured with the inaugural World Car Person of the Year prize, from the World Car Awards organisation.

Samuelsson has led Volvo since 2012 and overseen a remarkable turnaround for the company, from a quirky Swedish brand building middle-market cars for Europe, into a genuinely world-class global luxury brand.

Volvo has grown quickly under his stewardship, with the support of brand owner Geely. More importantly, it has rediscovered its mojo and honed its brand identity, enabling it to compete with other premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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Håkan samuelsson, president and CEO , volvo car group honoured with new ‘ World car person of the year ’ award. Rutherford elaborated, “When deciding who should win this first ‐time award, we weren't concerned about the age, nationality or job title of the

Volvo has taken the European Car of the Year award for the first time ever with its brand new XC40 SUV. Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo ’s CEO , proved that on Twitter when he tweeted a picture of the sedan soaking in the last of the cool weather.

World Car Person of the Year 2018 presentation © Provided by Motoring Research World Car Person of the Year 2018 presentation Modest and understated in that typically Swedish way, Samuelsson accept the prize with humble gratitude. “I see this award as acknowledgement of the efforts made by the entire Volvo Cars organisation in recent years,” he said.

The gong joins other leadership prizes awarded to him recently: German business publisher Springer gave him the 2017 Golden Steering Wheel award and Roadshow by CNET named him the 2018 Disrupter of the Year.

2017 was Volvo Cars’ fourth year of record growth, with a 27.7 percent increase in operating profit and global sales of over 570,000 cars.

Hakan Samuelsson is the inaugural World Car Person of the Year © Provided by Motoring Research Hakan Samuelsson is the inaugural World Car Person of the Year But what’s his secret? “Volvo is a no-nonsense company,” he told us at Geneva. “We don’t waste much time.” There are no excessive layers of beaurocracy. “Like many Swedish firms, our organisation is flat and agile.”

Calderon promoted to Sauber F1 test driver

  Calderon promoted to Sauber F1 test driver Sauber Formula 1 team has promoted GP3 racer Tatiana Calderon to the position of its official test driver. The 24-year-old served as Sauber’s ‘development driver’ during 2017 alongside her second GP3 campaign. This year will see Calderon in an expanded role, dovetailed with her third season in GP3, this year with Jenzer Motorsport. “This collaboration will build upon the experience that I have gained as development driver with the team over the past year,” she said. “I have been able to substantially expand and develop my skills as a race driver and I am convinced that I will be doing so throughout this year.” Antonio Giovinazzi is the team’s reserve driver and will participate in six FP1 sessions with the team this year. While this may mean Calderon will miss out on making her grand prix weekend debut, she is scheduled to drive an old-spec Sauber F1 car at some point during the year. Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur says he was impressed with her progress over 2017, which warranted an extension of their partnership. “Tatiana is a very hard-working person, who has impressed the team with her focus and dedication,” Vasseur said. “She has made good progress as a driver, developing both her mental and physical capacities continuously over the past few years.” Calderon has scored points on four occasions in GP3 and earned a podium in her one-off outing in the now-defunct World Series V8 3.5 Championship in Bahrain last year.

Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson has been named the 2018 World Car Person of the Year by the World Car of the Year jury. During Mr Samuelsson’s tenure Volvo Cars made an industry- first announcement in 2017 that every new Volvo car launched from 2019 will have an

A day after the Volvo XC40 small SUV won the prestigious 2018 European Car of the Year title, Volvo Cars president and CEO Hakan Samuelsson has been named the 2018 World Car Person During Samuelsson’s tenure, Volvo Cars made an industry- first announcement in 2017 that every

And while Volvo is growing, it isn’t becoming too large. In unwieldy organisations, “people hinder one another. You don’t have that when you are a small company.”

Volvo also has a high proportion of female employees – around 30 percent of managers are women, far higher than the industry average. “We have bought in a lot of people over the past few years, and we remain an organisation strong on diversity.”

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