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Volvo head of fleet moves to new sales role

Volvo has appointed head of business sales Steve Beattie to a new role of head of sales, effective immediately.

Steve Beattie has assumed the role of head of sales at Volvo Car UK

The position sees Beattie cover all sales, bar fleet, reporting to Matt Galvin, commercial operations director. However, he will still continue to take charge of fleet sales temporarily until a new head of fleet and remarketing is appointed.

Beattie joined Volvo some three years ago from Vauxhall and helped spearhead a number of changes, including creating a new position to focus on new business. Volvo also recently introduced a new virtual sales manager team. During his time, the carmaker has boosted its sales in a declining true fleet market, helped by the introduction of plug-in models across the board as it phases out diesels. Its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8, is due to start deliveries in early 2021.

Beattie’s new position forms part of series of senior management appointments to secure future growth and leadership in key areas, including new mobility, electrification, autonomous driving technologies and connectivity.

Mark Cox has moved from his role as national sales manager to become the company’s network and business development director, reporting to managing director Kristian Elvefors.

Suzanne Woolley has joined the company as digital director for the UK and Ireland, and Johan Olsson has been recruited as chief financial officer.

Kristian Elvefors commented: “My congratulations go to Mark and Steve on their new roles and I am pleased to welcome Suzanne and Johan to the business. Their skills and experience will be invaluable as we transform our business to meet the exciting challenges of digitisation and electrification, while reinforcing our commitment to safety, design and quality that has been the foundation of our current success.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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