Volvo’s Nilsson retires

February 19, 2019

Claes Nilsson, executive vice president of the Volvo Group and president of Volvo Trucks, has announced his retirement. Nilsson has visited South Africa many times over the years. I interviewed him for our regular Face to Face column in Issue 8/2018 (you will find the story on our website should you have missed it). He has worked at Volvo since 1982, so Nilsson is synonymous with the Volvo brand.

Nilsson will be replaced by Roger Alm, who was president for the European Division at Volvo Trucks. His career at Volvo Trucks began in 1989 and he has held many senior positions at the company, including head of operations in Latin America and Europe.

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

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