CONNECTED CAR & AUTONOMOUS DRIVING EXECUTIVE
Malin Labecker, 43
Digital User Experience Development Center Director, Volvo Car Group
TITLE: Digital User Experience Development Center Director
COMPANY: Volvo Car Group
BASED: Gothenburg, Sweden
CAREER HIGHLIGHTSAfter four years as a consultant to Volvo, the automaker hired Labecker in 2005. She held various project lead positions including launch manager for the four-cylinder Drive E engine platform. Labecker also served as technical manager for Volvo Motorsports before moving into connectivity and infotainment in 2014. She took charge of Volvo's digital user experience development center in 2016.
REASON FOR WINNINGWhen Volvo debuted the XC40 last September it wanted the compact SUV to stand out. That is why XC40 drivers were the first Volvo customers who could share their car with friends and family with a new digital key technology. Labecker and her team were instrumental in making this convenience-enhancing digital feature a reality. Her team also made sure the XC40's infotainment screens were optimized for safe, easy and efficient interaction during city driving.