Volvo Trucks has announced the appointment of Tony O’Connell as the new Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Malaysia. Previously Vice President of Sales for Volvo Trucks in Australia, he officially joined the Malaysia team on 1 February, succeeding Mitch Peden.
Tony joined the Volvo Group in 2005 and has held several stints in project management and business development. He took on the role as VP Aftersales and Services for Volvo Trucks, Mack and UD in Australia from 2012-2018. Since 2018, Tony assumed the position of VP Sales for Volvo Trucks in Australia. Building on his competent and successful track record, having hands-on management of the commercial vehicle business from diverse perspectives, Tony will bring unprecedented value to the table and empower trusted leadership at Volvo Trucks Malaysia. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland.
Tony will be entrusted to manage the entire business operations for Volvo Trucks in Malaysia. This appointment marks the beginning of a new chapter, after a challenging year for the company and the industry caused by the global pandemic. Tony will inherit and continue to lead the dedicated and competent Volvo Trucks team in the region to further cement its position as the market leader in providing excellent products with unparalleled quality and services in the premium commercial vehicle sector.
“Tony brings a wealth of experience in the products and services of the commercial vehicle industry. His leadership skills and expertise will help drive the growth of Volvo Trucks in the region and take the customer experience to the next level,” commented Per-Erik Lindström, Senior Vice President of Volvo Trucks International.
Tony O’Connell, commenting on his new role: “I am thrilled to join the Volvo Trucks Malaysia team and look forward to working with the local team to build on our strengths and also elevate our customers and partners to achieve greater levels of success together.”
Volvo Trucks entered the Malaysian market in 1969, under the flag of Federal Auto Industrial Sdn Bhd, and a year after the Swedish Motor Assemblies plant had begun operations in the country. Over the past five decades, Volvo Trucks expanded its footprint through the launching of new truck models and the opening of more dealerships across Malaysia. This helped the brand gain new segments of customers and introduce many key aftermarket services and activities to meet the needs of its growing customer base. Currently, the company offers heavy duty trucks under the Volvo umbrella, mainly made up of the Volvo FM, Volvo FMX and the Volvo FH in various specifications.
Customer support comes via its network of 13 outlets across Malaysia, comprising of Sales and Aftermarket services offering workshop service, telematics and genuine parts.