Management team changes at Volvo Bus
Adrian Felton becomes Volvo Bus city mobility manager in the wake of the retirement of Adrian Wickens. Felton has worked for Volvo for the past 16 years, previously as product manager.
“I have been interested in low and zero emissions vehicles since joining Volvo Bus as I have watched the company’s Electro Mobility strategy unfold,” he says. “It’s a fantastic and challenging opportunity to be involved in the continued development of that strategy and the introduction and delivery of the Volvo City Mobility programme to the market place.
“I have worked alongside Adrian Wickens for the past eight years and he now hands over the Electro Mobility mantle to me.”
Felton began his career at Volvo in 1999 as a service technician at Hartshorne Potteries and progressed to a frontline bus key technician. In 2006 he joined the UK field audit team and in September 2007 moved to the Volvo Bus team as product manager.
Volvo Bus has made changes to its senior team including creating a new position of product & support director, with Ian Wallace appointed to the role. The key areas under his remit include bodybuilder interface management, sales engineering and sales support from pre-order through to delivery, together with fleet seed and demonstration activities including vehicle performance and monitoring.
An important element of this role will also include ongoing liaison with operators to gain feedback on all areas of Volvo’s service, from product development and sales through to delivery.
James Hyde has been appointed as retail sales director and both Hyde, whose responsibilities cover all new and used coach, and retail bus sales, and Wallace join the Volvo Bus executive team.
As commercial sales director Phil Owen, in addition to his existing responsibilities, will also have responsibility for developing soft product sales (contract sales & telematics business development) across the business supporting both the commercial and retail channels.
In addition to the changes above a number of the Volvo Bus team have also now retired and some new faces have been welcomed into the company.
Gordon Reid has retired as business control director after 16 years with the company and is replaced by Matt Howroyd who joined the Volvo Group in 2005 and has extensive financial and process experience gained through his previous roles within Volvo Trucks.
Wallace’s previous role as service delivery manager UK & Ireland has been filled by Kevin Capes who joins from Volvo Trucks. Dan Tanner joins from Volvo Truck and Bus East Anglia and will become product engineering manager.
Neil Heron, who was with Volvo Bus for the past 27 years as area service manager, retired in July and a replacement is currently being recruited, while Darren Green has left his position of area service manager for the Hartshorne Crossroads Group and this position has been filled by Tim Clarke.