Irvine, California – Volvo Cars of North America LLC has announced it will relocate its North American headquarters from Irvine, California to Rockleigh, New Jersey by the end of 2008. The company currently has its customer care, parts and service operations at the New Jersey location.

“We have evaluated the situation in the U.S. market and decided to consolidate our headquarters operations in one location,” said Gerry Keaney, senior vice president of Marketing, Sales & Service. “It is a natural choice to go back to Volvo Cars’ original location in New Jersey as we already have major operations and facilities there.”

Volvo opened its U.S. headquarters in 1956 in Newark, New Jersey and then moved to Englewood Cliffs before settling in Rockleigh in 1964. The company moved its headquarters to Irvine in 2001. The company said the relocation will affect fewer than 80 employees in Irvine.

Volvo also announced the appointment of Doug Speck as president and CEO, replacing Anne Bélec, who has been named Ford Motor Company’s director of global marketing in Dearborn, Michigan. Both appointments are effective immediately.

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