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With Volvo forever separated from Ford, the Swedish automaker needs of a new leader, and a report from Automotive News shows that that search may start and end in the country's own back yard. Swedish Business daily Dagens Industri claims Jan Ake Jonsson, the current CEO of Saab, is on the short list of names who could one-day run Volvo. Volvo's current CEO, Stephen Odell, will reportedly leave the Swedish automaker for a post as head of Ford Europe.

The Swedish paper reports that Jonsson has already been contacted for the position, though the current Saab boss told the news outlet that he promised Spyker CEO Victor Mueller that he'd stay on a while longer. That doesn't sound like a long-term commitment to Saab, but it doesn't say that Jonsson has his bags packed, either. We're sure, though, that new Volvo owner Geely would calm a lot of nervous Swedes by appointing the native Jonsson to the top Volvo spot.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Blind leading the blind :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would seem, at best, to be a sideways move. Better to stay at Saab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's Lou Holtz doing sitting in that Saab?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hear Bob Lutz is free.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the point? Isn't volvo going to be sold to the chinese car company? Who ever they hire as CEO will be be at the whim of the chinese company. This his like hiring a new cabinet member when the presidency term is ending in a couple of months.
        • 5 Years Ago

        "Volvo tech will be fused with Geely tech, and both Volvo and Geely will jointly produce vehicles in both countries."

        That's our biggest fear. Let's just say that the quality (or safety) of the flood of Chinese consumer goods here in the US (and, from what I gather, in Europe as well) hasn't given us a warm fuzzy about that "fusion."