friday, December 14, 11 a.m. - commencement speaker

katarina fJording - head of Volvo Car University Americas 

Katarina FjordingKatarina Fjording is a senior Volvo Car executive and an automotive veteran with 30 years of global industrial operations experience from Europe, Asia and America. 

Katarina’s international experience spans product and tooling development, procurement and manufacturing as well as being an automotive supplier to European premium brands. 

A mechanical engineer, she began her professional career in Volvo as a design 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.  

Her most recent assignment, as Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing Americas, brought her to South Carolina where she has established Volvo Car’s first industrial footprint in America and overseen the build-up of Volvo Car’s production facility in Ridgeville. 

Katarina is now heading up Volvo Car’s latest endeavour in the US, establishing a Volvo University with headquarters in South Carolina. 

Katarina has previously lived six years in the US while working for Ford Motor Company in Detroit and Chicago. A native of Sweden, she currently resides on Sullivan’s island 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. 

She currently serves on the boards of the American Red Cross and Cradle to Career as well as on the Clemson President’s advisory board. 

She is an Honorary Commander at the Joint Military Base Charleston and 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 enjoys music, history, arts and architecture. But most of all she enjoys the outdoors and when she is not working she likes to sail race and hunt. 

She has an international skipper degree and is passionate about the ocean and wildlife and champion sustainability and environmental care. 

Katarina has visited all continents and has vacationed closed the poles in the Arctic and Antarctica.

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