Volvo Penta has announced two key appointments to strengthen its management team in the Americas. The company has appointed Ed Monacchio as vice president, distribution development, region Americas and Gabriel Barsalini as general manager, South America.

Monacchio will focus on improving the density and competency of the company's distribution network for marine and industrial services and products throughout the Americas. He will work collaboratively with the commercial teams and also have responsibility for dealer competency development, including training. 

Monacchio joined Volvo Penta as U.S. marketing manager in 1996. Most recently, he was vice president of aftermarket and customer support for North America.

“Ed’s experience and skill set fits perfectly with our ongoing efforts to further develop and strengthen the distribution network,” said Volvo Penta of the Americas President Ron Huibers in a company news release. “His strong background in marketing, business and dealer development and customer support make him the ideal person to ensure we achieve these strategic objectives.”

Barsalini will join Volvo Penta Region Americas on May 19 as general manager South America, reporting to Huibers. In this role, the company says, he will provide direction and support for the day-to-day activities for Volvo Penta marine, industrial and aftermarket businesses. He will lead the South American team as they continue to deliver on the company’s strategic growth objectives.

Barsalini’s most recent role was after sales director for the VCE South American market. He and his team have contributed to significant development and growth of the VCE aftermarket support and distribution network.

“We are pleased to add Gabriel to our Volvo Penta team,” Huibers says. “He brings a background in aftermarket development, sales support, product application and broad knowledge of South American distribution. His experience and leadership will help sustain the growth that the South American team is delivering across marine and industrial segments.”