Sculpture (made by the artist Eino Hanski) of Volvo's founders,  Gustaf Larson and  Assar Gabrielsson (placed at Volvo Museum in Arendal, Göteborg)
in Swedish

Our founders and presidents

Volvo was incorporated in 1915 as a subsidiary of AB SKF, the Swedish ball bearing manufacturer.
In 1924, Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, the two founders, decided to start construction of a Swedish car. Volvo was officially founded on April 14, 1927, when the first car left the factory in Hisingen, Göteborg.

Find out more about  Volvo's history and have a look at our historical images from our image gallery or view our videos.

Presidents

Assar Gabrielsson   Assar Gabrielsson
President of AB Volvo 1926–1956 and Head of the Volvo Group.
Chairman of AB Volvo 1956–1962. CV


Gustaf Larson Gustaf Larson
Technical director and Vice President of AB Volvo 1926–1952.



Gunnar Engellau Gunnar Engellau 
President of AB Volvo and Head of the Volvo Group 1956-1971.
Chairman of the Board of AB Volvo 1971-1978.


Pehr G Gyllenhammar Pehr G Gyllenhammar 
President of AB Volvo 1971–1983 and CEO of the Volvo Group 1971–1990.
Executive Chairman of the Board of AB Volvo 1983–1993.


Håkan Frisinger Håkan Frisinger 
President of AB Volvo 1983–1987.
Chairman of the Board of AB Volvo from 1997.


Gunnar L Johansson Gunnar L Johansson 
President of AB Volvo 1987–1990.



Christer Zetterberg Christer Zetterberg 
President of AB Volvo and CEO of the Volvo Group 1990–1992.



Sören Gyll Sören Gyll 
President of AB Volvo and CEO of the Volvo Group 1992–1997.
Member of the Board of AB Volvo.


Leif Johansson Leif Johansson 
President of AB Volvo and CEO of Volvo Group 1997–2011.
Member of the Board of AB Volvo


Olof Persson Olof Persson
President of AB Volvo and CEO of the Volvo Group 2011-. 
Member of the Board of AB Volvo.