New General Manager appointed for Volvo Bus Australia17/12/20
Volvo Bus Australia proudly welcomes Mitch Peden to the team as General Manager.
Having previously held various management roles for Volvo Group Australia and Volvo Trucks, Mitch has over 15 years experience within the Volvo Group organisation, and has a proven record of developing key relationships with customers and key industry stakeholders.
With 15 years experience across Volvo Group spanning international markets, and 25 years experience in the automotive industry, Mitch has most recently held the role of Vice President Malaysia, Volvo Trucks International. Prior to this, he has held several positions in Australia including Vice President Volvo Truck Sales, Vice President, Marketing & Operations for Volvo Group Australia and regional sales roles for Volvo Trucks.
Entering the automotive industry in 1995, Mitch has worked across General Motors, Holden and Ford before commencing his time with Volvo Trucks Australia in 2006.
Mitch is acknowledged among colleagues for his ‘big picture’ vision and proactive approach to business matters, and his ability to seek new and improved solutions.
In his new role as General Manager, Mitch will lead the Volvo Bus Australia team and be responsible for the commercial aspects of the Australian and New Zealand bus businesses.
“Mitch’s demonstrated experience in getting hands-on with customers, industry partners, dealers and Government sectors will be an asset to the Volvo Bus team here in Australia,” says David Mead, Vice President Volvo Group Asia Pacific.
His knowledge and passion for the Volvo brand, coupled with a deep understanding of the Australian commercial vehicles industry, make him an excellent choice for the role. He will lead Australia’s largest dedicated bus and coach team and I am confident Mitch’s deep product understanding will support our transition to electromobility, an area led by the Bus organisation within the Volvo Group,” states Mead.
“The industry is in a period of rapid change but the key focus areas of uptime, service delivery and safety across the industry are areas that Mitch shares a deep passion for. He understands what is required to support a fleet of over 10,000 Volvo buses running across Australia in some of the most professional and demanding operations in the region. Backed by Volvo Group Australia, the 1,200 people we employ in Australia, and investments locally in support, people and facilities, the Volvo Bus organisation is positioned well for the future under Mitch’s leadership”.
It's an exciting time for the Volvo Bus Australia team, as 2020 marked a decade for Volvo Bus as market leaders in Australia, and 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of operation in Australia.