Hyundai Motor announced on December 8 that it will appoint former U.S. Ambassador to Korea Sung Kim as an advisor, who is an expert diplomat, notably recognized for his role as an envoy for North Korea policy.
The company aims to actively respond to the growing uncertainty in the global market due to intensifying geopolitical conflicts.
Kim is an American diplomat who most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and Special Representative for North Korea Policy. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2011 to 2014.
Before that, he was the U.S. State Department’s Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in 2006 and served as the Senior Representative for the Six-Party Talks and Special Envoy for North Korea in 2008. He also led the U.S. delegation of diplomats ahead of the 2018 North Korea-U.S. summit. He will join Hyundai Motor next January after he retires from the State Department.
Kim will support Hyundai Motor Group’s overseas market strategy, global trade and policy response strategies, and external networking. He is anticipated to play a pivotal role in navigating major corporate challenges, such as entering new markets and reorganizing global supply chains, amidst heightened global economic and geopolitical uncertainties.
“The company expects Kim to play an advisory role to help Hyundai Motor Group raise its external networking capabilities to the next level by passing on the ‘global standard’ communication methods he has acquired through his long career in public service,” the company official said.
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