Whoever said you can’t go home again was wrong, or at least the management of Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) hope he was wrong, because by the end of the year the company plans to be operating from its former New Jersey base. Members will be able to find out the latest details about Volvo’s move East from California and how the company is fairing in these difficult automotive times on October 16 when new VCNA President Doug Speck appears at the next IMPA luncheon.
The program, which begins at noon with a group reception followed lunch, Speck’s presentation and a question-and-answer session, will be at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, New York. Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for all others.
Speck, 48, joined VCNA in July 2006 and in March 2007 was named executive vice president of sales and marketing. In 1983 he began his career with Ford Motor Company, holding various positions with Jaguar and Land Rover North American operations including vice president, retail operations in Irvine, and several regional management positions in Mahwah, N.J.
Prior to joining VCNA, Speck was CEO of the Premier Automotive Group in Australia and New Zealand.
Volvo opened its United States headquarters in 1956 in Newark, then moved to Englewood Cliffs before settling in 1964 in Rockleigh (all in the Garden State). The company moved its headquarters to Irvine in 2001 when Ford’s Premier Automotive Group building opened.