For the Volvo Enthusiast

Stephen Odell, CV and Biography

Stephen Odell was appointed President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation from 1 October 2008.

Prior to his latest position, from April 2008 Stephen Odell was chief operating officer, Ford of Europe, responsible for product development, manufacturing, purchasing, and marketing, sales and service operations.

Between September 2005 and April 2008, Mr. Odell was Ford Motor Company vice president and vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. Prior to this position, Stephen Odell was director and senior managing executive officer in charge of marketing, sales and customer services at Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan, where he was also a member of the board.

Mr. Odell joined Ford Motor Company in 1980 as a graduate trainee, Ford of Britain.

He worked in several management positions in sales and marketing in Britain and the U.S., before being appointed vice president marketing & sales, Jaguar North America, in 1997.

In January 2000, Mr. Odell joined Mazda Motor North America as a vice president marketing & sales. From 2000-2001, he served on the board of governors of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA., a “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” institution.

Mr. Odell became chief operations officer, Mazda North America, in October 2000, and was appointed president of Mazda Europe in January 2002.

In May 2003, he was elected senior managing executive officer, marketing, sales and customer services, Mazda Motor Corporation, Japan.

Born in London, UK, in 1955, Stephen Odell is married with two children.