Michael Cole announced as new president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe
Michael Cole will join Hyundai Motor Europe’s European regional headquarter as its new president and CEO, starting on 1 July 2020.
With this new appointment, Mr Cole will continue his career with the Hyundai Motor Group, having held various senior management positions with the Kia brand during the last 11 years – most recently as president of Kia Motors America. He takes over from Dongwoo Choi, who held the role for the last two years.
As well as his most recent roles in Kia Motors America, Mr Cole also served as chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe and, prior to that, managing director of Kia Motors UK.
Mr Choi joined Hyundai Motor Europe in 2018 and introduced two regional manufacturing plants in Czech Republic and Turkey. Mr Choi held a number of senior positions within Hyundai, including head of European Operations Division at the global headquarters and president of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech.
In 2020, Hyundai is renewing its whole European product line-up, including a number of new electrified models.