Katarina Fjording is a senior Volvo Car executive and an automotive veteran with more than 30 years of global industrial operations experience from Europe, Asia and America. An engineer, her experience spans product and tooling development, procurement and manufacturing.
She has held several senior positions within Volvo Car including Director New Model Programs, Executive Director Manufacturing Engineering Asia and Vice President Manufacturing Asia, overseeing the build-up of three plants and leading the manufacturing operations in China. In her most recent assignment, as Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing Americas, she established Volvo Car’s first industrial footprint in America and oversaw the build-up of Volvo Car’s production facility in South Carolina where she currently resides.
Katarina is now heading up Volvo Car’s latest endeavor in the US, establishing a Volvo University.
Katarina is a former board member of Sunfleet Car sharing and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and she previously served as an executive board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Clemson University President’s advisory board and on the College of Charleston School of Business board. An advocate for sustainability and giving back to the community, she also serves on the boards of the American Red Cross and the Cradle to Career and she is an Honorary Commander at the Joint Military Base Charleston.
Katarina is an Honorary Doctor of Science with Claflin University and she is a Manufacturing Institute 2019 STEPAhead Award honoree. She was named “20toKnow” by Post and Courier’s NOLO Magazine in 2017, and “50 Most Influential People of 2017” by Charleston Business Magazine.