Volvo Ghent's managing director moving upwards to top management in Sweden
The managing director of the Volvo Ghent factory, the Fleming Geert Bruyneel, has been appointed to a top position with the carmaker in Sweden and will take up his new role as head of supplier quality and logistics on the first of July. In this new function he will report directly to the deputy director of procurement and production, which forms part of the executive management team led by CEO Håkan Samuelsson. Interestingly enough, the team already boasts a Belgian in the shape of Alain Visser, who is deputy director of marketing and sales. Bruyneel will focus on streamlining activities from the procurement of components through to production and logistics, and finally to the client. In this role his track record at the factory in Ghent will stand him in good stead and benefit the entire group, including the factories in China. Bruyneel’s successor in Ghent will only be announced after the summer recess but until then deputy plant manager Eric Van Landeghem will take over at the helm. Soon after his appointment, the new managing director will play host to Samuelsson at the Ghent factory. Bruyneel and Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters arranged the visit when they met with him in Göteburg and Samuelsson rapped Peeters over the knuckles over high Belgian wage costs. This will not be the first time Bruyneel relocates to Sweden for his job at Volvo. Before he took over as director at the 5 000-strong Ghent plant, he spent a few years as director of the pressing factory in Olofström in the south of the country.