At the age of 10 I decided to become a designer at Volvo, the brand that my father sold at the time. My first job was with Volvo.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I grew up with cars with my father having a dealership. At the age of 10 I decided to become a designer at Volvo, the brand that my father sold at the time. My first job was with Volvo.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: I had overall responsibility for the Volvo Concept Universe, which debuted at the 2011 Shanghai auto show. It was quite a departure and a somewhat controversial step for Volvo. In my personal life, my proudest achievements are building my own house in six months and, of course, my daughters.
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: During my parental leave LED taillamps were deleted in a project I had been responsible for. I now know that you have to stay with a project all the way through.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: How constrained it is due to legacy investments.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: To find and recruit the right competence.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: Make your employees feel they take the decisions by guiding them.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: You have to be patient as most changes take time.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: Vice president of design for an automotive company.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: Watch a movie.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: Volvo 242GT.
Q: CURRENT CARS?
A: Volvo C30 DrivE, Ford Shelby GT500.