New senior VP at Volvo Asia-Pacific17 February 2017 | Automotive Manufacturing Solutions
China – Volvo Cars has appointed Xiaolin Yuan as senior vice president for its Asia Pacific region. He replaces Lars Danielson who has retired from the company. Mr Yuan served as deputy vice president for Asia Pacific for the past two years and was previously a member of Volvo Cars’ Board of Directors. He joined Volvo as head of mergers and acquisitions and handled the purchase of Volvo Cars by Zhejiang Geely Holding in 2010. In his new role, he will be supported by Geert Bruyneel, currently vice president purchasing & manufacturing APAC, who is appointed deputy senior vice president, Asia Pacific.
Danielson retires from Volvo Cars after 10 years with the company. After a career at Saab and General Motors, he became general manager for Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden. In 2010 he moved to China following the Geely acquisition. In China, Danielson was responsible for establishing Volvo’s manufacturing footprint before being appointed senior vice president for China in 2013 and then senior vice president for Asia Pacific in 2015. He has overseen the rapid expansion of Volvo Cars’ in China with the opening of plants at Chengdu and Daqing and an engine plant in Zhangjiakou.