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Oedgaerd Andersson (Photo: Lindholmen Science Park)

Volvo Cars has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson to succeed Thomas Mueller as vice president electrics, electronics and chassis. Andersson will start in her new job October 1.

Andersson, who worked at telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson for almost 20 years, will bring highly relevant expertise to Volvo, the Swedish premium car group said.

“Having been part of transforming the telecom industry from hardware to software oriented development, I believe Oedgaerd is the perfect fit for our planned developments in the area of autonomous drive, connectivity and electrification,” Volvo Cars R&D boss Peter Mertens said in a statement.

At Ericsson, Andersson worked both in Sweden and in Silicon Valley. Mostrecently she headed product development at the company's Packet Core unit.

Mueller is joining Audi as the successor there to Ricky Hudi, longtime head of the German premium car group's electrics and electronics division.

Separately, Volvo said that, with plans to hire hundreds of software engineersin the next 12 months, it is launching one of the largest engineering recruitment drives in its 89-year history.

The software specialists are needed to develop next-generation safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies, Volvo said.

Altogether, Volvo will be looking for 400 engineers, primarily with skills in software development.