Present position: Left Volvo Cars in October 2010.
Joined Volvo Cars: June 2001
Born: 15 June, 1964 in Luton, England
Education: BA (Hons) in Business Studies from East London University
2006 - 2010 Chief Operating Officer, Volvo Car Corporation. Manages the daily operations of R&D, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Quality. As from 1 March 2006.
2001-Feb. 2006 Senior Vice President, Purchasing, Volvo Car Corporation
1999 -2001 Vice President, Purchasing, Auto Alliance International (Ford-Mazda joint venture), Flat Rock, Michigan
1997 -1999 Director of Purchasing, Jaguar Cars
1996 -1997 Senior Purchasing Manager, Jaguar Cars and member of Jaguar Executive Committee
1996 Manager, Purchasing Administration & Core Liasion, Jaguar Cars
1992 -1996 Programme Manager, Purchasing, New Model Programmes, Jaguar Cars
1991 -1992 Chief Buyer, Restraints & Trim, Jaguar Cars
1987 -1991 Buyer in Development Purchasing), Jaguar Cars, Coventry
1980 -1987 Trainee; internal training as purchaser, Automotive Products, Leamington, England
Civil status: Married, with one son and one daughter
Hobbies: Cycling (mountain biking and touring); motor-cycling (Enduro) and motor sports.
Since leaving school Steven Armstrong has spent all of his working life within the automotive industry, first within the component segment and for the last 20 years within the brands under Ford Motor Company.
Having specialised in Purchasing early in his career, he has held a number of senior Purchasing management roles including leading both Jaguar's and Volvo's global Purchasing operations and Ford and Mazda's joint ventures in North America. He and his family have been based outside of the UK since 1999.
He is known for his collaborative and data driven management style and has been recognised by external organisations as a leading Purchasing executive within Europe for his work in developing and maximising supplier relationships.
Steven has utilised his experience gained as a member of the executive management teams in his Purchasing roles to make the transition into a senior general management position.
During his time in the UK he represented Jaguar on a number of external industry forums and was a guest lecturer at a number of Universities.
Steven is married to Kay and they have two teenage children, son Matthew and daughter Charlotte.