Head of Volvo Car University America
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. A mechanical engineer, 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. Katarina’s most recent assignment, as Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing Americas, brought her to South Carolina where she established Volvo Car’s first industrial footprint in America and oversaw the build-up of Volvo Car’s production facility in Ridgeville.
Katarina is now heading up Volvo Car’s latest endeavor in the US, the Volvo Car University as well as leading sustainability for Volvo Cars in America.
A native of Sweden, Katarina previously lived six years in the US while working for Ford Motor Company in Detroit and Chicago and she is now well integrated in the South Carolina community where she currently resides.
Katarina is a former board member of Sunfleet Car sharing and of 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, the College of Charleston School of Business board, the American Red Cross board, the Cradle to Career board, the Gibbes Museum board and she is an Honorary Commander at the Joint Military Base Charleston
An advocate for sustainability and giving back to the community, in addition to her board assignments, Katarina volunteers for various causes, such as performing in SC Dancing with the Stars, raising money for research and clean air efforts for the American Lung association. For two consecutive years she chaired campaigns which raised 2 million USD for the Red Cross and she is an active supporter of the Warrior Sailing program which rehabilitate veterans through sailing.
Katarina is an Honorary Doctor of Science with Claflin University, a Manufacturing Institute 2019 STEP Ahead Award Honoree and a Founder’s Award Honoree with the Trident Literacy Association. 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. Katarina loves the outdoors and is an avid sail racer and hunter. She is passionate about the ocean and marine biology and has vacationed on expedition ships in the Arctic and Antarctica.