Just a couple of months ago, Auto Bild awarded Håkan Samuelsson their coveted Golden Wheel award. This time around, he's taking back the title of World Car Person of the Year for 2018, which is a nice complement to the XC40's World Car of the Year award that they received before the opening of the Geneva International Motor Show.
Volvo Cars achieved record profits and sales in 2017, with a 27.7 percent increase in operating profit and global sales of 571,577 cars. The results mark the company’s fourth consecutive year of record growth, underlining the transformation of Volvo’s finances and operations under Samuelsson’s stewardship.
Samuelsson has done a great deal for Volvo during his tenure, so even though he attributes the success of Volvo in its recent years to the work of the company as a whole and Geely's support, the man himself has managed to broker deals with Uber and make car ownership easier for Volvo owners.
These are the marks of a CEO who does not merely sit back and reap the benefits of timing and products that were in development before he arrived. It will be interesting to see what he has in store for the future, as well as the direction he will take Volvo Cars in as it regains a foothold in the luxury landscape.