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Hyundai U.S. operations chief Brian Smith to depart

LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor The united states COO Brian Smith is leaving the automaker...

LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor The united states COO Brian Smith is leaving the automaker just short of 3 many years on the career. His exit is successful Monday.

“The place of Hyundai Motor The united states COO will not be replaced at this time as the enterprise carries on to prioritize and consolidate its regional management construction all-around the earth,” Hyundai mentioned in a statement Thursday.

Smith joined Hyundai in Oct 2017 and led numerous key products launches, which includes the Palisade 3-row crossover and the redesigned Sonata sedan. He invested much of his profession at Toyota and Lexus.

“Brian is an admired chief who assisted Hyundai at a significant time for the corporation, and I would like to thank him for his hard do the job and devotion to the brand,” mentioned Jose Muñoz, CEO of Hyundai Motor North The united states.

Muñoz took above the major North The united states career for the Korean automaker fourteen months ago. Because then, numerous popular executives have remaining the enterprise and new types have joined as Muñoz assembles his management team.

Smith took the Hyundai career after retiring as vice president of retail transformation at Toyota, just after the Japanese automaker concluded moving its North The united states headquarters from Southern California to Texas.

Ahead of the retail transformation publish, Smith was vice president of Lexus advertising. He invested 35 many years with Toyota.