Volvo Car Corp., which wants to nearly double global sales by 2020, has added former Opel executive Alain Visser to its sales and marketing team, the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.
Visser will manage the Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker's global sales operations and report to Doug Speck, Volvo's senior vice president of sales and marketing. The 49-year-old Belgian starts his new job Sept. 3.
Visser, who will be based in Sweden, will have operational responsibility for areas such as sales, customer satisfaction, brand and network performance, a Volvo spokesman told Automotive News Europe, adding that this had previously been Speck's responsibility.
The spokesman added that Visser would would be in charge of all global markets except China.
"With his solid experience within sales and marketing, Alain Visser will greatly contribute to Volvo Car Corporation's long-term growth ambitions," Speck said in the statement.
Volvo aims to increase worldwide vehicle sales to 800,000 units in 2020 from 449,255 last year.