Present situation: Left Volvo Car 1 Oct 2008
Previous position: Senior Vice President Process and Operational Excellence and a member of Volvo Car Management Team
Joined Volvo Car Corporation: 1980
Born: December 24, 1956
Education: 1981: MSc (Mech. Eng), Chalmers University of Technology (CTH)
2002-2005 Senior Vice President, Quality and member of Volvo Car Management Team (appointed 1 April 2002)
1999-2002 President, Volvo Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd, as of 2001 also President of Volvo Car East Asia
1998-1999 Executive Vice President, Volvo East Asia, with responsibility for Volvo Group's industrial operations in Southeast Asia
1995-1997 Vice President, Torslanda Assembly Plant, Volvo Car
1991-1994 Managing Director, Samhall Högland AB
1988-1990 Production Manager, Engine Plant, Volvo Component Corporation, Skövde
1985-1988 Project Manager, Engine Plant, Volvo Component Corporation, Skövde
1983-1985 CFO, Engine Plant, Volvo Component Corporation, Skövde
1980-1983 Product and Production Engineer, Engine Plant, Volvo Component Corporation, Skövde
Civil status: Married with one son and one daughter
Hobbies: Golf, reading, horse-back riding, jogging
Lena Olving has been with Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) since 1980 except for four years in the beginning of the 90's when she was the Managing Director for Samhall Högland AB.
Since 1984 has she been in various managerial positions. She has spent 12 years working with mainly Industrial issues within Manufacturing, Purchasing and Research and Development and 10 years with Marketing and Sales including 5 years overseas as e.g. the head of Volvo Car Business in South East Asia, located in Kuala Lumpur.
She has also been Senior Vice President Quality and Customer Satisfaction almost 4 years ensuring superior quality in design, manufacturing, sales and service for all Volvo Car globally. Since Oct. 1, 2005, is Lena Senior Vice President, Process and Operational Excellence with the responsibility to govern, decide, develop and deploy the most efficient and effective way of executing VCC Business Model within the framework of Ford Motor Company.
In her various achievements can a turnaround of Samhall Högland AB, receiving JD Power Silver Award for European Plants as head of Torslanda Assembly Plant and a complete restructuring of the business in South East Asia be mentioned.
Lena's reputation is that of an experienced manager with high drive to execute agreed objectives/strategies which are based on facts and thorough analysis combined with a high degree of common sense and business acumen.
In addition to her operational role has Lena served as a member of the Board at Alfa Laval (2002-2006) and Gunnebo AB since 2003 and Norsk Hydro since 2006.
Lena Olving is married to Björn, a dentist, and she has two children.
In addition to Swedish she speaks English and some German.