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Volvo announces Yuan Xiaolin as SVP, Asia Pacific region

Staff Writer | Gothenburg, Sweden | January 25, 2017
Xiaolin YuanJanuary 25, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden - Volvo Cars has appointed Xiaolin Yuan as senior vice president for the Asia Pacific region, effective March 1, 2017.
Mr. Yuan is currently deputy vice president for Asia Pacific, a position he has held for the past two years. He previously spent four years as the head of Li Shufu’s office and a member of Volvo Cars’ Board of Directors. Mr. Li is the chairman of Volvo Cars.

Mr. Yuan joined Volvo as head of mergers and acquisitions and oversaw 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.

Mr. Yuan is replacing Lars Danielson who will retire at the end of February.

Mr. Danielson joined Volvo Cars in 2006 after a career at Saab and General Motors. He was the general manager for Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden until 2010 when he moved to China, following Geely’s acquisition of Volvo Cars.

In China he 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.

Mr. Danielson has overseen the rapid expansion of Volvo Cars’ in China with the opening of two plants in Chengdu and Daqing and an engine plant in Zhangjiakou.