The people who make the cars

For more than 80 years now, people have remained the true purpose and inspiration at Volvo Cars. In our mission to simplify people’s lives with intuitive, safe and sustainable cars, we need co-workers with passion and a drive to innovate.

Anu Lipponen started building engines at the Volvo Cars Engine plant. Two decades later, she is the logistics manager and deputy plant director at the Torslanda factory in Gothenburg.

“I want to make a difference and here at Volvo, I’ve always been able to”, she says, adding that an earlier dream of studying psychology soon was replaced by the many possibilities to grow and develop within the company.

“To me, leadership is about people. By listening to and involving different co-workers and their knowledge, we bring out the full potential of the team and find the best solutions together.”

Today, Volvo Cars is more global and diverse than ever before, and yet there is much left to do. While Anu is a great example, we still need to increase the amount of women leaders, knowing that diversity – in all aspects of the word - opens for broader understanding, new perspectives and smarter solutions.

We need to attract and retain co-workers that share our commitment to people and cars. This includes leaders that live the Volvo Cars’ values and inspire others to do so as well.  An important part is role modelling – being a good example for others to follow. To Anu, leadership is all about presence.


“To be there; inspiring, involving and challenging with highly set targets and allowing people to grow. You don’t have to know everything, but you need to ask the right questions and be out there as a good example in everything you do,” Anu says, and adds.


“We’ve been incredibly clear about our journey ahead and that it starts with you! We talk about passion now, which is incredibly inspiring. Whether you fasten an ABS unit or head the factory, it’s about finding your own passion in what you do”.