Kookhyun Shim appointed as new head of Kia Motors India

South Korean auto maker Kia Motors today said it has appointed Kookhyun Shim as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India operations.

Shim will be responsible for driving Kia Motors’ expansion in the Indian market, Kia Motors India said in a statement.

He will also oversee the construction of Kia Motor’s first manufacturing facility, which is coming up in Andhra Pradesh.

Kia has already announced to invest USD 1.1 billion for the plant.

Shim, 58, brings over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry to his new role, having most recently served as head of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Plant Coordination Group.

Prior to this, he was responsible for company’s production in Slovakia.