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New president appointed at Volvo Group Australia

Volvo Group Australia has appointed Martin Merrick as president the commercial vehicle manufacturer announced today.

Formerly Senior Vice President Retail Development, Volvo Trucks in Sweden, where he was responsible for a premium retail customer experience through the dealer network, Merrick will oversee Australia, New Zealand and Oceania starting 1 September.

Merrick will replace current president Peter Voorhoeve, who, after five years, will head up operations at Volvo Trucks North America.

Heléne Mellquist, Senior Vice President Volvo Trucks International, said Merrick, who started his career with Volvo in sales at a dealership in Scotland, brought with him an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience.

“This early grounding means he fundamentally understands the needs of our customers, which he has translated to drive invaluable customer-focused initiatives in his numerous leadership roles at Volvo,” said Mellquist.

“His appointment to lead Volvo Group Australia will build on the market-leading results already achieved in Australia and New Zealand. We look forward to Martin bringing his in-depth industry knowledge and rich customer insight to further grow these crucial markets.”

Merrick, who has held positions as service receptionist, aftermarket manager, sales director and regional managing director before his most recent promotion, said market strength in Australia presented further opportunities. 

“Like many colleagues at Volvo, I have kept a close eye on what has been happening in Australia and New Zealand as they continue to lead markets for us in areas such as R&D, particularly in developing products to suit the quite unique needs of local customers,” Merrick said.

“Without a doubt the key to Volvo Group Australia’s success has been its drive to work in close partnership with its customers, and I look forward to continuing to build on the Group’s achievements with the support of a great local team around me.”

Since it commenced operations in Australia in 1972, Volvo Group Australia has produced more than 60,000 trucks at its Wacol factory. Combined market share across its Volvo, Mack and UD Trucks range was 27.2 per cent by the close of 2017.

Mellquist said the markets of Australia and New Zealand had flourished under outgoing president Voorhoeve’s leadership.

“Peter has been unrelenting in his commitment and his absolute customer-focused approach has been crucial to the Group’s success in Australia and New Zealand,” she said.

“His appointment to lead Volvo Trucks North America is a demonstration of our confidence in his ability to understand and develop a market, and we wholeheartedly thank him for the hard work and great results that he has achieved in Australia and New Zealand over the past five years.”

Voorhoeve said in a statement that he would miss working with the talented team at Volvo Group Australia.

“I know that Martin Merrick’s experience and focus on the customer will continue to drive the Group’s success,” said Voorhoeve.

“I am also very pleased that one of my last tasks in this role will be to open the fantastic new national headquarters for Volvo Group Australia, which will give the Group the base to grow market share even further and provide outstanding service for our customers.”

“I wish Martin and the team every success,” he said.

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