GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America are merging into a single organization, according to reports.
The new company, called North American Trucks (NAT), will be lead by Dennis Slagle, current president of Mack Trucks. Per Carlsson, current president of Volvo Trucks North America, will assume the position of chief operating officer in the new organization, reporting directly to Slagle.
Officials say the move is being made to “improve profitability and efficiency in the Volvo Group’s North American truck operation,” to “more closely align goals” and “enhance the capability to rapidly implement approved decisions.”
At the same time, Volvo Powertrain and Volvo 3P in North America will be more closely linked to the North American organization through dual reporting of their North American leaders to Slagle and their global leadership. To further enhance coordination, the other business units in North America will be more closely aligned to North American Trucks. The new organization will continue to operate two separate sales organizations and work with two separate and distinct brands.
“To achieve sustainable profitability at acceptable levels, we are now moving forward with the integration of our North American truck business,” says CEO Leif Johansson. “The new organization will speed decision-making and significantly improve the operational steering of sales and products, while allowing us to maintain our focus on global product platforms.”
The new management organization will be effective from Nov. 1 and financial reporting will be based on the new structure as of Jan. 1.
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