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Volvo's VP of Human Resources to be Honored at the North American International Auto Show

Volvo's Vice President of Human Resources to be Honored at the North American International Auto Show


ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (January 11, 2010) - Juanita Ragland Doby, vice president of human resources for Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Urban Wheel Awards gala prior to the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  The awards program annually honors automotive companies for their outstanding achievements in diversity and minority business development, as well as individuals in the industry, who have significantly impacted society. 


"As vice president of HR at Volvo and diversity executive of the Premiere Automotive Group Diversity Council, Juanita helped to diversify the employment practices of Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo," said Randi Payton, president and CEO of On Wheels Media.  "Juanita is also being honored as the first African-American woman vice president of diversity in the auto industry.  She is an example of how fostering diversity within a company naturally changes the way a company does business."


Doby, a Volvo employee since 1980, has held various critical leadership positions in both VCNA headquarters and field operations, including customer service, market development, business management, warranty policy, facilities, Six Sigma and other core business unit functions.  Today, she continues to provide leadership on strategic initiatives and policy development, and is also responsible for all human resources functions for the U.S. and Canada, including recruitment, retention, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, compensation and benefits, training, organizational development, relocation, succession planning, and labor relations.

"I am so honored to receive the prestigious Urban Wheel Lifetime Achievement Award, but it does not belong to me alone," Doby said.  "This would not have been possible without the efforts of the Volvo leadership team and all of our employees.  Together, we work hard to deliberately integrate diversity and inclusion into every aspect of our business.  We truly embrace this as a business imperative and as a social responsibility to make a difference.  Consistent with Volvo values and beliefs, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is authentic and unwavering, a part of our life.  It is a journey, and although not perfect, and we constantly strive for progress.  I am both humbled and inspired by this monumental recognition of our efforts."

The 14th annual Urban Wheel Awards gala will be held on January 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the new Sound Board Theater, MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Mich.


About On Wheels Media
On Wheels Media, Inc. is a multi-media communications company that produces consumer-oriented print and digital publications, Websites, broadcast properties and events. Publications include the all- new DECISIVE magazine, a comprehensive multi-media platform for multicultural consumers. The company also produces African Americans On Wheels and Latinos On Wheels magazines, which are distributed in more than 100 newspapers throughout the United States and have a combined readership of 8 million. On Wheels Media also produces consumer events and launched the first automotive magazine Website ( in 1995.  Visit (which will change to DECISIVEMAGAZINE.COM in late November) for more information and to sign up for your complimentary digital subscription.


About Volvo Cars of North America
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, ( is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Corporation of Gothenburg, Sweden.  VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States, and oversees Volvo operations in Canada.





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