The new role includes responsibility for imported and domestic cars, as well as the warehouse and inland distribution business.
Gaskell started out as a deck officer at Andrew Weir Shipping over two decades ago and later moved to its UK-based office. In 2002, he joined NYK in Europe, based in London. Following that, he had stints in Paris (at UECC for NYK), Australia in 2008 and China in 2011.
Gaskell, who has spent 23 years in the logistics industry – mainly in the automotive sector – has held various roles including five years as a senior marine superintendent for automotive (UK), three years as a senior marine controller for ro-ro (Australia), and three years as general manager of the ro-ro division (China).
In November, Volvo Cars unveiled a new manufacturing strategy for China which involves production capacity being increased and the country developed into a global manufacturing and export hub.
At the time, a spokesperson for the carmaker said the company expected China to eventually account for between 30% and 40% of global Volvo production.