Kia makes Changes at KMMG and US Corporate levels for 2014

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    With 2014 marking Kia Motors’ 20th anniversary in the U.S., Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) and Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced several promotions to support the growing needs of both organizations as the brand’s product portfolio, customer base and units in operation continue to expand.

    At KMMG, Randy Jackson has been named Senior VP, HR and administration, and Stuart Countess has been elevated to VP, quality sub-division. At KMA, Tim Chaney has been promoted to VP of Marketing Communications, and Orth Hedrick is now VP of product planning.

    Randy Jackson joined KMMG in 2007 as the first American hired at the plant. Jackson has led the effort to cultivate the “Kia Way” philosophy, which emphasizes a one-system one-team approach based on trust, mutual respect and effective two-way communication.

    Stuart Countess, joined KMMG in 2008 and now oversees overall vehicle quality as well as supplier quality, process quality, customer satisfaction, warranty and ISO/TS certifications for Business Management Systems.

    Tim Chaney, who has more than 28 years of automotive experience and joined KMA in April 2001, will continue to oversee and execute marketing communications strategies as before, while concentrating on continued efforts for brand growth and familiarity, product awareness and purchase consideration. He has played a role in a number of high-profile initiatives, including Kia’s position as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA, and will continue to report to Michael Sprague, KMA’s executive vice president, marketing & communications.

    Orth Hedrick, who has more than 28 years of automotive experience, will continue to oversee current and future product portfolios in the U.S. Hedrick joined KMA in October 2009 as director of product planning and has overseen the development of more than a dozen new vehicles, including the award-winning Optima midsize sedan, the totally transformed second-generation Soul, and the upcoming K900 flagship rear-wheel-drive sedan.

    In addition to the executive-level appointments, KMMG’s James Watson also received a promotion to director, production sub-division. Watson joined KMMG in 2008 and is now responsible for overseeing vehicle production and plant maintenance.

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