Volvo Turns to BEV Commercial Vehicle Designer

Volvo Cars has turned to a commercial vehicle designer to head up its global design ambitions as it transitions into a BEV manufacturer.

The company has appointed Jeremy Offer as its global head of design, bringing with him 35 years of design experience across multiple industries with his latest role as spearheading Arrival’s push into battery electric buses and LCVs. Offer will report directly to chief executive Jim Rowan and be part of the Volvo Group’s management team.

Offer’s most recently led Arrival’s design team as senior vice-president and chief design officer working across vehicle programs, components, brand and user experience. Prior to joining Arrival, he was head of industrial design and part of the senior management team at global consulting firm EPAM where he helped bring service and industrial design to their wider consulting practice. Offer has received numerous design awards through his career.

Rowan said: “I’m very happy to welcome Jeremy to Volvo Cars. He brings strong leadership and a wealth of design experience ranging from electric vehicles and industrial design to digital products and services – all key as Volvo Cars transitions into a future with safe, fully electric cars, defined by their software.”

Offer added: “It’s an amazing opportunity to define Volvo Cars’ design language and principles, together with all the great talents across the company, as it soon enters its second century of providing customers with innovative and new products.” Offer will assume his new position as of May 1 succeeding Robin Page who will remain with Volvo Cars as senior advisor.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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