The departmental integrations reflect a broader industry shift which recognises a streamlined and holistic approach as key to carmaker successes.

Volvo Cars has recently made significant changes to its executive team across procurement, manufacturing, and supply chain and logistics management, bolstering a broader industry trend towards specific departmental realignment and integration.

Francesca Gamboni’s elevation to the position of chief supply chain officer at Volvo Cars is an insightful change for the OEM. In this role, she will oversee procurement, logistics and manufacturing, consolidating these crucial functions under her purview. This decision comes at a time of notable changes within Volvo’s supply chain and logistics management, including recent appointments aimed at enhancing inbound and vehicle logistics.


Volvo Cars’ executive team revamp integrates manufacturing, procurement, and supply chain management

Important changes aligned with production

Gamboni’s inclusion in Volvo Cars’ Executive Management Team alongside Erik Severinson, chief product and strategy officer, and Anders Bell, chief engineering and technology officer, seems to signify a distinct strategic shift towards operational efficiency and technological advancement. Reporting directly to CEO Jim Rowan, this integrated leadership structure aims to streamline operations and bolster key areas pivotal for Volvo’s ongoing industrial and commercial evolution.

Meanwhile, Javier Varela exits Volvo to join Rivian as chief operations officer. As Varela transitions to his new role, Geert Bruyneel, previously head of manufacturing, now also reports directly to Rowan.

The CEO said: “I am delighted to welcome Anders, Erik and Francesca to our Executive Management Team. This change will help us to flatten our structure in operations and elevate these important areas as we deliver on our technological and commercial transformation.

“At the same time, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Javier, who has decided to pursue new challenges outside of the company after almost eight years of immense contributions to Volvo Cars. We wish him and his family the very best in their future endeavours.” 

Moreover, after summer this year, Volvo Cars’ Manufacturing division will align under Gamboni’s leadership, with Bruyneel assuming a new role as senior advisor of operations and industrial projects.

Gamboni’s extensive experience in manufacturing, supply chain, and procurement within the automotive sector positions her as a key driver of Volvo’s strategic objectives. Her promotion to chief supply chain officer, abosorbing responsibility for manufacturing, is being seen as an indication of Volvo’s push towards deeper integrations between production and supply chain functions.

Writing on LinkedIn, Gamboni said: ”I joined Volvo Cars less than a year ago with the ambition to create long-term resilience in the foundation of our complete supply chain.

”Volvo Cars is moving at pace towards our electrification goals and profitable growth, as well as making strides in setting new standards for safety. I’m very excited to lead the supply chain function in this journey.”

This trend reflects broader developments in the automotive industry, exemplified by recent appointments such as Denis Le Vot at Renault Group and Liz Door at Ford, which reflects the growing importance of the chief supply chain officer role in optimising supply chain management. However, in addition to Gamboni’s appointment, Erik Severinson’s transition to chief product and strategy officer and Anders Bell’s role as chief engineering and technology officer further solidify Volvo’s focus on innovation and strategic alignment across product development and engineering endeavours.