SHAH ALAM, 1 February 2021 – Volvo Trucks is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony O’Connell, previously Vice President Sales for Volvo Trucks in Australia, as its new Managing Director for Volvo Trucks Malaysia.
Tony O’Connell assumes this role taking on the baton from Mitch Peden, who last served as MD of Volvo Trucks Malaysia from 2018 - 2020.
Tony will be entrusted to manage the entire business operations for Volvo Trucks in both Peninsular and East Malaysia. The new appointment from the 1st of February 2021 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 it's position as the market leader in providing excellent products with unparalleled quality and services in the premium commercial vehicle sector.
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 managed the commercial vehicle business from diverse perspectives, Tony will bring unprecedented value to the table and empower trusted leadership at Volvo Trucks Malaysia.
Senior Vice President Volvo Trucks International Lindstrom Per-Erik, mentioned, “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.”
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.”
Tony holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland.
Volvo Trucks first 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. For the past five decades, Volvo Trucks expanded its footprint through the launching of new truck models, and opening of more dealerships across Malaysia, thus, gaining more new segments of customers and introduction of 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 Volvo FM, Volvo FMX and the Volvo FH in various specifications.
Customer support is entrenched and enabled via a network of 13 outlets across Malaysia comprising of Sales and Aftermarket services offering workshop service, telematics and genuine parts.