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Volvo Trucks Names New North American Boss

Per Carlsson currently is in charge of Volvo Powertrain Sweden and will take the reins on Jan. 1.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Volvo AB on Tuesday said it has appointed Per Carlsson the new boss of its North American truck division, replacing Peter Karlsten, who has been promoted to senior vice president technology for the Volvo group.
The Swedish truck and bus maker said Carlsson, 47, is currently in charge of Volvo Powertrain Sweden but will take his new position on Jan. 1. He has previously held various positions in the Volvo group, including chief financial officer of the truck unit.
Karlsten will assume his new role and become a member of the group executive committee, starting Dec. 1. He also will take on the position as president and chief executive of the Volvo Powertrain division.
Group chief financial officer Lars Thoren will head Volvo Trucks North America during December, until Carlsson starts in January.
Goteborg-based Volvo sold its car division to U.S.-based Ford Motor Co. in 1999.