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Hyundai names new COO, Hyundai Motor North America chief

Auto giant Hyundai Motor Co announced that it named José Muñoz as the new global Chief Operating Officer.

In an official announcement by the company, Hyundai said that Muñoz would oversee global operations strategies and their implementation. “His focus will be to deliver profitable growth and to improve overall performance of Hyundai Motor based on his decades of automotive and technology experience.” read the statement from the company.

Apart from the new COO post, Muñoz was also named the President and CEO of both Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America.

José Muñoz is the new global Chief Operating Officer for Hyundai
José Muñoz is the new global Chief Operating Officer for Hyundai (SOURCE: Hyundai)

Hyundai Motor Co President Wonhee Lee said, “José Muñoz has an impressive track record and is proven to be a visionary and motivational leader who is adept at all aspects of our business…”

“His decades of automotive and technology experience make him well suited for this new role as we move the company to the next step. We are looking forward to Mr. Muñoz joining the team, and will lean on his leadership skills and vision to achieve long-term sustainable growth and evolve into a Smart Mobility Solutions Provider.” the Hyundai President added.

As COO, Muñoz would report to Hyundai Motor Company’s top leadership in Seoul. He is expected to start on May 1 and be based in Fountain Valley, California.

Muñoz would be responsible for the entire American market, including Hyundai Motor North, Central and South America — as the Head of Hyundai Motor Americas Region.

Muñoz was most recently the Chief Performance Officer for Nissan Motor Corp and the Chairman of Nissan China. He joined Nissan in 2004 and during his 15 years at the automaker led significant growth and record sales in the regions he managed.

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