Hyundai Motor India rejigs top deck, YK Koo to be replaced by SS Kim

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 30 Nov 2018


Hyundai Motor India MD and CEO YK Koo at the recent launch of the new Santro.

Hyundai Motor India, the No. 2 passenger vehicle manufacturer in the country, has seen a change at the helm of affairs. Managing director and CEO YK Koo has stepped down from his role at the South Korean carmaker’s operations in India. He is to be replaced by Hyundai Motor Corp’s senior vice-president Seon Seob Kim, head of Business Operations Strategy Division. 

The change is part of the leadership appointments at key overseas operations announced today by Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation to strengthen organisational agility to adapt to a rapidly-changing business environment. The appointments will take effect from December 1, 2018. 

YK Koo took over from BS Seo in November 2015. Under Koo, Hyundai fortified its growth strategy for India in terms of products, enhanced local contribution of R&D for new models, and expanding sales and service facilities especially in rural India.

In his three-year India innings, YK Koo has overseen the rollout of key products like the Creta which has consistently been the second best-selling SUV in the country after the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The most recent launch was that of the new Santro hatchback on October 23, which has garnered over 30,000 bookings.

In FY2015, Hyundai Motor India had sold a total of 420,668 units (+10.63). Three years later, in FY2018, overall sales totaled 536,241 (+5.21). And, in the first seven months of the current fiscal, Hyundai has despatched 326,178 units (+3.86%). The company has been notching strong gains on the export front, and is currently leading the made-in-India chart with 99,640 units shipped in the April-October 2018 period.

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