Hyundai Kia Boss Named Asia's Best Automotive CEO

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Back in 2000 Hyundai Kia CEO Chung Mong-koo refused a request by the company’s chairman, and his own father, to step down from the top post of the Korean automaker. Today, Mong-koo is getting the respect he rightly deserves, after being named Asia’s top automotive business leader by Automotive News.

The industry publication sited Hyundai’s quality improvement and expansion into new segments as part of the reason for Mong-koo’s award. This in turn has allowed Hyundai to increase sales globally and increase market share. Automotive News even said he had transformed Hyundai into a “superpower.”

Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik was also awarded the honor of being AN‘s top U.S. executive at an Asian automaker.

In other markets, awards went to Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn as the top European automotive CEO, while Ford’s own Allan Mulally was named the top auto exec for an American automaker.

[Source: Korean Herald]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Amy Amy on Dec 02, 2011

    Great to see CEO Chung Mong-koo! Our fans were happy to see this as well over at project Advanced Technology and Design Korea. We shared this on the Facebook and Twitter. We're hoping to get more exclusive content up on the blog , in regards to Kia and Hyundai. Keep it up guys and cheers from Korea! (@advancedtechkr)