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Kia Motors appoints Kookhyun Shim as MD & CEO of India operations

Kookhyun Shim will oversee the construction of Kia Motor's first manufacturing facility, which is coming up in Andhra Pradesh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO of Kia Motors India. Photo: @odmag twitter handle
Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO of Kia Motors India. Photo: @odmag twitter handle

South Korean auto maker on Wednesday said it has appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India operations.

Shim will be responsible for driving Kia Motors' expansion in the Indian market, India said in a statement.

He will also oversee the construction of Kia Motor's first manufacturing facility, which is coming up in

Kia has already announced to invest $1.1 billion for the plant.

Shim, 58, brings over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry to his new role, having most recently served as head of Manufacturing

Prior to this, he was responsible for company's production in Slovakia.

"We recognise India as a major market with huge potential for our world-class cars. We are confident that Shim's leadership will provide the direction we need to grow our presence in what is one of the world's biggest new car markets," President Han-Woo Park said.

Kia expects to start production in India in the second half of 2019. Local sales of cars produced at the new facility will start towards the end of 2019.

"India is a crucial market for all global automotive brands, and I aim to replicate the success that Kia has seen in many other major markets," Shim said.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 18:06 IST
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