Hyundai Fires its US CEO

Hyundai Fires its US CEO

Hyundai Motor America has let go of its CEO Dave Zuchowski, claiming that he failed to meet internal sales objectives. 

The decision, which is effective immediately, puts Jerry Flannery, the general counsel and executive vice president as the interim CEO until a successor is chosen.

Dave Zuchowski joined Hyundai as U.S. sales chief in 2007 and took over the CEO position at the start of 2014. Early on in Zuchowski’s career at Hyundai, sales were climbing thanks to small car sales, but the brand has struggled to maintain its growth rate thanks to the large bump in crossover and SUV sales in America.

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Through November of this year, Hyundai sales were up by 1.3 percent in the U.S., a small increase when you consider the double-digit growth the brand saw in 2010 and 2011.

Zuchowski is a 36-year veteran of the automotive industry, service as the vice president of sales and field operations at Mazda North America before moving to Hyundai.

Hyundai’s new CEO will face a number of challenges, including getting the brand’s new alternative-fuel vehicles into customers’ driveways and launching the Genesis luxury brand in the U.S.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    Honestly; this was a mistake.

    FORD’s Mark Finkelman Fields is much worse CEO

    and don’t get me started on Sergio Marchionne!!!

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    You should have used “worst” dummy. You should fix your own flaws before criticizing other people’s imperfections. You are a bigot. A naysayer. A clumsy thinker. And I believe you mate with guys secretly.

  • smartacus

    You called me a bigot, naysayer, clumsy thinker, and say i secretly mate with guys?

    BTW, you are the dummy
    “worst” is incorrect “worse” is correct.

  • smartacus

    a paid troll followed me here

  • smartacus

    BMW CEO should be fired if anything.
    He has resided over a 10% year over year decline in sales;
    DESPITE the industry’s largest incentives which average $6,279 per vehicle

  • smartacus
  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    You compared three gentlemen. ” Do not let me get started on Sergio Marchionne.”

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    And, yes, I did say all of those things because it is all true.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    You’re a paid liar.

  • smartacus

    i don’t care if it’s true of yourself.
    it doesn’t make me the same

  • smartacus

    You are WRONG to approve of Sergio Marchionne as his replacement!

  • smartacus

    You’re a paid liar

  • naysayer

    fyi, my dad is stronger than both of your dads put together.

    and re: the topic – how is a fact, that potentially there are worse CEOs out there at BWM, FIAT, or FORD, relevant to what Hyundai wants to do with their own goals and their own staff? they are all separate companies, of course.

    plus, now you two guys can apply to the CEO position and show everybody how it’s done.

  • Robert Hollar

    Thats what happens when you dont position yourself right in the market… hyundai’s line up is weekening. It only has a hand full of models that are good… They are also making some very bad moves aswell. They should have brought their current models up to par with the genesis and equis. By seperating the genesis and equis their brand momentium is stagnating and genesis is far to week to stand on its own as a brand. Its also alienating its current market aswell with cookie cutter brand names and now adding weezing turbos to a sports car… The coupe is going to loose its throttle responce, it took them 4-5 years to fully work the bugs out of the car and they are killing it off… The usless tiberon is coming back as as FWD BS again based on the elantra platform… IMHO right now it looks like im leaving the brand after my first car with them… Hope the new CEO knows what they are doing and can fix this mess…

  • smartacus

    He doesn’t even have a dad.
    His dad was a random paying customer for that one night,
    go ask his mom.

  • DoubleCoppers

    “Worse” is correct as he used it there. You’re making an ass of yourself.

  • Donnie Walsh

    All true – the interior of the new Sonatas look like cheap romper room garbage.
    And the weakened 2.0 Turbo engines just don’t cut it on the new Sonatas.
    Some really brain dead geniuses at the top of the hierarchy let the brand down.

  • Basil Bhan

    @smart-whatever and Marrakesh man: you both ended the discussion by pissing off everybody on this site.

  • smartacus

    he kept stalking me to several sites i visit including my gun news websites; until he finally admitted (then quickly deleted) that he was a bi-sexual.