Kia Motors Corporation has appointed Won Kyu Kang as Vice President and Head of the Kia Design Innovation Group. Starting in his new role in November, Mr Kang will be based at the brand’s design headquarters, Kia Design Center in Namyang, Korea and will report to Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center.
Specialising in advanced design planning, Mr Kang will lead the strategic development of Kia’s design by giving shape to future design plans in both exterior and interior design across the entire product portfolio. His appointment is the latest development in Kia’s move to establish a leadership position in electrification and capitalise on new design opportunities. Advanced design is seen as a key element of this, with electric and electrified cars and vehicles posing new challenges and opportunities in form and architecture.
Mr Kang said: “I am honoured to join the Kia design team, particularly at a time when the automotive industry is facing such a radical shift. I believe Kia will play a major role in defining the new era of design with a wide range of electrified products and a visionary mobility roadmap for the future. I’m excited to be part of this journey with the committed design team at Kia to further strengthen its product line and design strategy. “
Mr Habib said: “Won Kyu brings with him a unique understanding of how to merge advanced mobility technology with stunning, modern exterior designs. The automotive industry is changing rapidly, and Won Kyu is ideally placed to support Kia’s efforts to tackle the challenges and opportunities we face. He is an incredibly talented designer and is a great fit for our creative Kia design team in Korea.”