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Q&A: Volvo CEO Doug Speck

Life under new management.

by on Apr.21, 2010

Volvo Cars North America CEO Doug Speck: an end to uncertainty.

There are few things more unsettling than uncertainty, but for the last year that was a way of life for the folks at Volvo Cars as they waited to see whether Ford Motor Co. would sell the Swedish brand and, if so, who would buy the company.  The answer came, recently, when Ford completed the sale of Volvo to the ambitious Chinese automaker, Geely.

For the moment, at least, Geely plans to operate its new subsidiary as an effectively independent brand.  But what the long-term plans and prospects are for Volvo remain to be seen.  Nonetheless, the future looks a fair bit brighter than it has for awhile, contends Doug Speck, the head of Volvo Cars North America.

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Speck is staying with Volvo as it switches from U.S. to Chinese ownership, formally terminating his ties to Ford, which he called his corporate home for 26 years. recently caught up with the executive and asked him about the sale and Volvo’s future prospects.