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Volvo Group has wasted no time in appointing a successor to Arne Knaben as boss of the Volvo
Trucks sales and marketing operation in the UK and Irish Republic. Mr Knaben was managing director of Volvo Group UK until two months ago when, following a radical senior management restructure, he was promoted to vice president at the head of the Volvo Trucks Middle East and North Africa division, based at Volvo Group’s global head of ce in Gothenburg, Sweden (September). From 1 January next year Commercial Vehicle Engineer the new boss of Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland, based in Warwick, will be Robert Grozdanovski. For the past four years he has been running the group’s central east Europe truck business, based in Prague, Czech Republic. Mr Grozdanovski, 51, has worked for Volvo
since 1997, originally in its bus division. He joined this after graduating in engineering from Gothenburg’s Chalmers University.
A string of promotions since then has taken him to posts including commercial trucks director for central east Europe, based in Warsaw, Poland, and general manager of the company’s Slovakian trucks business, based in Bratislava.
In his new job in the UK from 1 January, Mr Grozdanovski will report to Volvo Trucks Europe president Roger Alm.
“I look very much forward to the move and to start working together with my new colleagues, dealers and customers in both the UK and Ireland,” says Mr Grozdanofski. “I can see the solid development of Volvo Trucks’ position in both countries under Arne Knaben’s leadership and I’m eager to learn and continue developing our presence
Robert Grozdanovski
and support in both markets to make our customers in UK and Ireland even more successful in the future – especially with all the challenges and uncertainty that Brexit will undoubtedly bring.”
A nother senior Volvo Group manager starting
anewjobintheUKis James Charnock. He has been used trucks
director for both Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in the UK for nearly four years but this month has been appointed commercial and services director at Renault Trucks UK, reporting to its newly appointed managing director Carlos Rodrigues (Commercial Vehicle Engineer September). Mr Charnock’s move follows the surprise resignation
of Nigel Butler. He has been Renault Trucks UK commercial director for more than 11 years and chaired the commercial vehicle section of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) between January 2016 and last month. Mr Butler says that he is now looking for a completely fresh challenge, perhaps in the truck market but possibly in other sectors such as bus and coach
or telematics. Mr Butler’s extensive commercial vehicle business experience includes jobs as a Foden Trucks regional
James Charnock
sales manager in the 1990s, nearly  ve years as a key account manager at ERF, and nearly six years working in sales
at the Paccar group’s  nance division. Mr Butler joined Renault Trucks UK as commercial director in July 2007.
Mr Charnock’s previous jobs include sales manager at ZF, project manager at Lex Auto Logistics, and  eet parts sales director at Daf Trucks. He joined Volvo Group as managing director of its Roadcrew Solutions division in 2011.
“I am delighted to welcome James to the Renault Trucks executive team,” says his new boss Carlos Rodrigues.
Nigel Butler
“His skills, experience and track record speak for themselves, while his drive, enthusiasm and inclusive approach will invigorate and accelerate our growth in the UK & Ireland.”

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