Kia India, the country’s premium carmaker, today announced the appointment of Mr. Gwanggu Lee as the new Managing Director and CEO, effective immediately. He will be the 3rd Managing Director and CEO of Kia India, succeeding Mr. Kook Hyun Shim and Mr. Tae Jin Park. Kia India’s former MD & CEO – Mr. Tae Jin Park, is retiring after his remarkable 36-year journey with Kia Corporation and 4 years stint with Kia India.

With over 30 years of robust experience in the automotive sector, Mr. Gwanggu Lee will spearhead Kia’s transformative journey focusing on fostering sustainable business growth. Mr. Lee has held leadership positions in various capacities in both developed and developing economies, including roles in the US, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Kia Headquarters in Central and South America, and Kia Europe Headquarters in Germany. His recent role as President at Kia Mexico played a pivotal role in the company’s substantial growth and establishment as a production and export hub.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Gwanggu Lee, MD, and CEO – Kia India, said, “I am very excited to assume this responsibility as Kia India has become one of the most loved and trusted brands in just 4 years. With two segment-breaking updates – the new Seltos & the new Sonet and a host of more innovative products on the way, Kia India is surely on the right path to sustainable business growth. It’s a privilege to lead a team that has set industry benchmarks, and I shall be contributing towards achieving many more as one team. My vision is to unlock the next phase of growth through inspiring Kia brand experiences thereby creating more value and long-lasting impact for our customers, partners, and employees alike.”

With his experience within the industry and the brand, Mr. Gwanggu Lee will continue to grow Brand Kia’s strong position in India.

About – Kia India

In April 2017, Kia India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, to build a new manufacturing facility at Anantapur District. Kia commenced mass production in August 2019 and has an annual production capacity of 300,000 units. In April 2021, Kia India reimagined itself in line with its new brand identity, Movement that Inspires” aimed at offering customers meaningful experiences backed by innovative products and services. Under the new brand identity, Kia has set out to find ways to achieve new benchmarks and inspire consumers to be more and do more. Till date, Kia India has launched five vehicles for the Indian market  the Seltos, the Carnival, the Sonet, the Carens, and the EV6. Kia India has completed over 1.1 Million vehicle dispatches from its Anantapur plant, including over 8.6 lakh domestic sales and close to 2.5 lakh exports. With almost 3.8 lakh connected cars on Indian roads, it is among the connected Car leaders in the country. The brand has a widespread network of 432 touch points across 213 cities and is focused on strengthening its footprints across the country.