By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Volvo Buses Australia

CONTINUING a vein of recent changes at Volvo Buses Australia, company stalwart Robyn Thomson is to join its Asia Pacific (APAC) management team as director for Corporate Affairs, it’s been announced recently.

“We are looking forward to having Robyn join the APAC team as director, Corporate Affairs,” said David Mead, vice president Volvo Group Asia Pacific.

In this new role, Thomson will support all markets in Asia Pacific (APAC), including Australia, in the areas of government relations, lobbying, electric bus projects and tender support, Volvo states. This will include activities related to electro-mobility, connectivity and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, it adds.

While Thomson will play an integral part in APAC’s operations, her new role will also see her continuing to support Volvo Bus Australia, including supporting new team members as and when they join, it says.

"Robyn has been an invaluable member of the Volvo Bus Australia team, so we are very fortunate to have her continue to work alongside side us," said Lauren Downs, current general manager for Volvo Bus Australia.

"Robyn will provide vital support to Volvo Bus Australia and will be a key facilitator in upcoming projects.

"Her new role will ultimately see Volvo Bus Australia expanding their team and resources in order to optimise service offerings and efficiency," Downs said.



Thomson’s experience in the area of government relations, tendering and major account management will provide excellent support to the markets across the APAC region, Volvo states.

In recent years Thomson has held multiple roles in the Volvo Bus Asia Pacific department including general manager – Region Thailand; director Commercial Development – APAC; and National Major Accounts manager - Volvo Bus Australia.

Prior to joining Volvo, Thomson’s experience working in buying and selling assets to the Australian Federal Government means she has a deep understanding of the importance of government relations in the transport industry, Volvo explains. Her previous engagement with Business Sweden and various embassies in the APAC region is also key to the company’s work in many APAC markets, it adds.

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"We are looking forward to having Robyn join the APAC team as director, Corporate Affairs," said David Mead, vice president Volvo Group Asia Pacific.

"Robyn has a strong history of managing major accounts, maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and providing strategic business support. Her extensive knowledge and experience in the industry makes her a great asset to the Volvo Bus organisation as she services the Asian and Australian market," stated Mead.

Thomson will continue in her current role in the Volvo Bus Australian team until a replacement is announced, it’s confirmed.

Following such an event, Thomson will continue to play a large role supporting the Major Accounts team in Australia and remain involved in a number of key projects in the Australian market as part of her new responsibilities, Volvo says.

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