Changes in management at Volvo Group Australia continue with the announcement that Volvo Bus general manager, Lauren Downs, will take over as vice president of UD Trucks Sales on 1st May, following the retirement of Mark Strambi.

Downs has been the GM at Volvo Bus Australia for the  past two years  and that role will be assumed by Volvo Buses Asia Pacific vice president, David Mead, who will take on the role of acting general manager of Volvo Bus Australia from 1stMay until a successor is appointed

Mead, who previously ran Volvo Bus Australia until his elevation to VP of Volvo Buses Asia Pacific, is well known in the Australian bus industry.

The recruitment process to fill Downs position  will commence immediately.

“The ability for the Volvo Bus Australia team to continue to deliver and perform as a market leader during times of change is a true testament to the broad ranging knowledge, experience and maturity that extends across the entire Volvo Bus Australia team. We are proud to have the largest, most experienced, bus specific team in the country,” said David Mead.

“While Lauren will be missed in the bus organisation and we thank her for her contribution over the past twelve years working in the Volvo bus organisation both here in Australia and abroad, we are extremely proud and excited for Lauren as she takes on her new position. Development of our people and appointments such as this one are something that we are really focused on at Volvo Bus. We see ourselves as leaders in developing and promoting talent within the company and wider bus and coach industry in Australia.”