Head of Volvo Car University Americas, Volvo Car Group
Katarina Fjording is a senior Volvo Car executive, a mechanical engineer and an automotive veteran with over 30 years of global industrial operations experience from Europe, Asia and America.
She is the former Vice President of Purchasing & Manufacturing for Volvo Cars America and she came to Charleston in 2015 to establish Volvo Car’s first American industrial footprint and to oversee the build-up of Volvo Car’s production facility in Ridgeville. She is now heading up Volvo Car’s latest project of establishing a Volvo Car University in South Carolina.
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. Currently she serves on the Clemson President’s Advisory Board, the College of Charleston School of Business Board, the American Red Cross Board and the Cradle to Career Board.
She is an Honorary Commander at the Joint Military Base Charleston and an Honorary Doctor of Science with Claflin University. She was named “20 to Know” by Post and Courier’s NOLO Magazine in 2017, and “50 Most Influential People of 2017” by Charleston Business Magazine.
A native of Sweden, Katarina has a background in sports including short track running and ice-hockey. Passionate about sustainability and environmental care and a lover of the outdoors, Katarina is a sail racer and a hunter, and she has travelled in the Arctic and Antarctica.
She is glad to have been asked to dance, and she hopes that her participation inspires a significant contribution to the American Lung Association.