Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC, (HMMA) has announced Hoae Il Kim has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montgomery automotive manufacturing operation. Outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer Joo Soo Ahn will return to Korea to receive a new position with Hyundai Motor Company. The management change was effective January 1, 2008.
H.I. Kim has served as HMMA’s Chief Operating Officer since June 2005. As President and CEO, he will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of HMMA’s company operations. Prior to joining the HMMA team, Kim was director of plant production at Hyundai’s Asan facility in Korea. Kim joined Hyundai Heavy Industries in 1978 and has served in leadership positions of increasing responsibility during his 29 years with Hyundai.
For the past two and one half years, Ahn has been responsible for transitioning HMMA to an automotive manufacturing facility capable of achieving full-scale production. He worked with various state, city and county governmental entities to negotiate the addition of a four-cylinder engine plant at HMMA.
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