Do you know what Volvo stands for? By that I mean other than safety, family, tradition and performance – I mean the word Volvo.

Volvo i latin for “I’m rolling”, or, as we say in Swedish, “Jag rullar”. This huge company has been one of Sweden’s largest employers for decades now, and it has been led by quite a few powerful men. Maybe it’s time for a woman to lead the way…

One of the most influential and well known leaders is Pehr G Gyllenhammar. He was the CEO of Volvo AB between 1971-1983, and served as head of the board another 10 years after that (until 1993). One of his first decisions as a CEO was to close down the making of the sporty P1800, in order to make more secure and family oriented cars.

A classic Volvo P1800. Photo:

Volvo, as we know it today, employes over 105 000 people and has production in 18 different countries. The headquarter is situated on the island of Hisingen in Gothenburg. In 1999 Volvo sold its carproduction division to Ford Motor Company, who, in 2010, sold it to a chinese company called Geely.

Today Volvo is lead by Martin Lundstedt (CEO, Volvo AB), Jan Gurander (Deputy CEO, Volvo AB), Roger Alm (President, Volvo Trucks), Melker Jernberg (President, Volvo Construction Equipment) and Bruno Blin (President, Renault Trucks). They’re all men by the way…

Volvo C 40, S 40 and C 60. Photo: