Volvo’s Downie joins Wrights
Volvo Bus veteran of almost 30 years, Ian Downie, has been appointed as MD – Sales and Customcare for Wrightbus. Ian is now responsible for all sales, marketing and aftersales activities in Europe for the Ballymena based manufacturer. His career began as an apprentice with Leyland Bus, following which he joined Volvo where he gained knowledge of all areas of the business including sales administration, finance and dealer management. He has held director roles within Volvo for 18 years, including Aftermarket Director and most recently as Product & Coach Director, being responsible for the launch of the hybrid and all Euro6 product ranges.
Ian said, ‘I’m really looking forward to joining the team at Wrightbus – a company I’ve greatly admired for a long time after working with them for more than 20 years. I have seen them grow their market share through innovation and quality, and their forward thinking approach to identifying and moving into new market segments through engineering and new technology with products such as the StreetLite and New Routemaster has been impressive. In particular, my experience on the chassis and body support side means I’m very well placed to develop the Customcare offer and I am able to bring this, along with my knowledge of the major bus groups to Wrightbus as we move forward.’