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Green joined Volvo in 1996 and has held several management positions in Sweden and China (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Cars has appointed Henrik Green senior vice president research & development, moving a company insider into a key management position.

Green, 43, is currently in charge of sales and production planning and customer service at the Swedish car company. He succeeds Peter Mertens, who is moving to Audi to become head of R&D at the Volkswagen Group premium brand.

In a press release, Volvo cited Green's extensive R&D experience and noted in particular his expertise in software and control-systems development.

In addition, it said Green was a key player in the carmaker's decision to equip all its models with only four- and three-cylinder engines.

Green joined Volvo in 1996 and has held several senior management positions in Sweden and China. Volvo is owned by Chinese carmaker Geely.