Kookhyun Shim appointed as MD & CEO of Kia Motors India


Kia Motors India has appointed Kookhyun Shim as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Shim will take over as the head of Kia Motors India with immediate effect. He will oversee the expansion of the Korean brand in the Indian market and the construction of Kia Motors' first manufacturing facility in the country. 

Kookhyun Shim, 58, has previously served as the Head of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plant coordination group. He has also worked as the head coordinator of Kia production in Slovakia. 

In April 2017, Kia Motors and the Government of Andhra Pradesh had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a new manufacturing plant in Anantapur district. The company has invested US$ 1.1 billion in the new production facility which will have an annual capacity of 3,00,000 units. Production is expected to commence in H2 2019. Besides, the carmaker also plans to invest Rs. 12,750 crore in setting up a local supplier base in India.

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