Volvo Cars of Canada has announced both the appointment of a new President and CEO and a move to new headquarters.
Marc Engelen succeeds Jeff Pugliese as President & CEO, effective July 1, 2012. Pugliese will return to Volvo Cars of North America to head up the commercial sales division there.
"I would like to thank the Canadian community, retailers and my dedicated staff for their support and confidence over the last four years," said Pugliese. "I wish Marc the best of luck in his new position and am confident that I leave the business in capable hands."
Marc Engelen has enjoyed a successful career with Volvo Cars, serving as regional CFO, Volvo Cars Germany and Central Europe from 1996-2003, President of Volvo Belgium & Luxemburg from 2003-2007, brand, business and product strategy director at Volvo Car Corporation from 2007-2009.
He will leave his current role as Vice President price, volume and product strategy with Volvo Car Corporation in Göteborg, assuming the position of President & CEO, Volvo Cars of Canada as of July 1, 2012.
"I am committed to improve and grow the Volvo business in Canada in terms of customer loyalty and satisfaction, segment share and customer service penetration." said Engelen. "Having lived in Sweden for the last five years, I recognize the similarities between these two cultures and see great potential here as a second home market overseas."
Volvo Cars of Canada will also be moving to a new location this fall after 40 years at its current Gordon Baker Road location in the Toronto suburb of North York. A brand new facility, currently under construction, is said to epitomize Volvo's global 'Next Face' program, which being implemented in Volvo showrooms around the globe.
'Next Face' was developed to create a singular visual identity that expresses Volvo's Scandinavian heritage and emphasizes its position as a premium automotive brand. The three floor, 7,500 square foot facility is being built to spec and will feature a state of the art training facility for technical specialists.
The new location will be just a bit further west within the Greater Toronto Area, on Leslie St. in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
"This new workspace will not only represent our global brand identity, but it will also accommodate our future growth plans," said outgoing president and CEO, Pugliese.