SEOUL (Reuters) -- Hyundai Motor said its research and development president, Kwon Moon-sik, and two other executives resigned over a string of quality problems as the automaker tries to shore up its reputation ahead of key model launches.
The resignations come following recalls by the automaker in South Korea, the United States and other countries, as well consumer complaints over quality issues at home.
Kwon has been r&d president for just over a year and was brought in shortly before Hyundai and affiliate Kia admitted they overstated the fuel economy of more than 1 million vehicles in North America.
Just last month, Kwon, the No. 2 official at Hyundai and Kia's r&d center after Vice Chairman Yang Woong-chul, chaired a domestic media event for the new Genesis premium sedan.
Hyundai also replaced two other executives in charge of engineering and electronics technology as part of its latest shake-up. They resigned to "take responsibility for a series of quality issues," Hyundai said in a statement on Monday. "The latest personnel change shows our firm commitment to quality management and reaffirms our will to continuously improve r&d competitiveness," Hyundai said.
Hyundai did not say who will replace Kwon.