Volvo Cars has appointed T. Jon Mayer as its new Head of Exterior Design, effective 1 May. He succeeds Maximilian Missoni, who is now Head of Design at Polestar, a strategic affiliate of Volvo Cars.
T. Jon Mayer, a native of the United States, is a 10-year company veteran and has been instrumental in the development of Volvo Cars’ design language over the past decade. Among other projects, he was the lead exterior designer for the Volvo S60, V60 and V60 Cross Country models.
Most recently, he was Head of Design at the Volvo Design & Concept Center in Camarillo, California. The Camarillo studio has grown considerably under his leadership, and increased its role within the company’s global design operations by developing and advancing strategic and production design ideas from a uniquely US perspective.
“I am very pleased to welcome T. Jon as our new Head of Exterior Design,” said Robin Page, Head of Design at Volvo Cars. “His track record as an exterior designer speaks for itself, and I am convinced he is the right person to lead us into a fully electric future.”
Earlier this year, Volvo Cars announced its ambition of selling only fully electric cars by 2030. It will reveal a whole family of new, pure electric cars in the coming years.
“I am extremely excited for the future of exterior design at Volvo Cars,” said T. Jon Mayer. “We have one of the most talented teams of exterior designers in the world, and I will rely heavily on them to create a new vision for our electrified future. Electrification presents plenty of challenges for exterior design, but also an open world of opportunities. I look forward to setting the exterior design direction for the road ahead.”
T. Jon Mayer came to Volvo Cars in 2011, joining the exterior design team in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2013, he was the lead exterior designer of the Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe and Concept Estate, a trio of concept cars that demonstrated the company’s new design language and the capabilities of its SPA scalable product architecture.
“It has been a fantastic journey to be a part of the transformation of a brand that has strived for design leadership with our SPA generation of cars, and continues to do so into the future,” added T. Jon Mayer.
T. Jon graduated with honours from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design and a Minor in Business Administration. He then attended the Art Center College of Design and graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design.
Volvo Car Group in 2020
For the 2020 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 8.5 BSEK (14.3 BSEK in 2019). Revenue over the period amounted to 262.8 BSEK (274.1 BSEK). For the full year of 2020, global sales reached 661,713 cars (705,452), a decline of 6.2 per cent compared to 2019.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world, with sales of 661,713 cars in 2020 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010.
As of December 2020, Volvo Cars employed approximately 40,000 (41,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars’ head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars’ head office for APAC is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China), and body components in Olofström (Sweden).
Under its new company purpose, Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This purpose is reflected in a number of business ambitions: for example, by the middle of this decade it aims for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars and to establish five million direct consumer relationships. Volvo Cars is also committed to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.