Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the automaker embarks on ambitious plans to add self-driving and full-electric vehicles to its lineup.
Andersson, 44, will replace Thomas Mueller, who has been tapped by Audi to lead its development of digital solutions in the development of connected and autonomous-driving technologies.
Andersson will start her new job on Oct. 1, the automaker said in a statement.
Before joining Volvo, The Swedish national worked at electronics firm Ericsson for almost 20 years and held leading r&d roles both in Sweden and in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she led the Ericsson's product development activities.
Self-driving & electric cars
Volvo, which has enjoyed a renaissance under the ownership of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding, has formed a $300 million partnership with Uber that aims to put a fleet of self-driving XC90 plug-in hybrid SUVs on the road in the U.S. Volvo has said it will use the project to further develop its own fully autonomous driving technology.
The automaker has also said it is targeting global sales for its electric vehicles of 10 percent by 2020, with plans to deliver a cumulative total of 1 million EVs and plug-in hybrids between 2012 and 2025. The company's first full-electric car is due in 2019.
Last year, Volvo's global sales were 503,127, a rise of 8 percent. It aims to boost annual sales to 800,000 by as early as 2020.